Cadet Programs

Leadership training and development occurs throughout the duration of a cadet's time at VMI. At the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics, we focus on the leadership and character development of cadets in collaboration with the Dean, the Commandant’s staff, and the Superintendent.

The Center's programming provides opportunities outside barracks for cadets to learn about leadership and ethics from theory to practice. The Center sponsors programs ranging from cadet-led small groups to participation in academic competitions and conferences, even travel. VMI professors and staff assist with each program. 

CLE programs provide opportunities for cadets to:

  • develop skills in sound reasoning and ethical decision-making,
  • lead discussion groups among their peers,
  • engage in problem-solving issues with Corps-wide impact,
  • conduct research and presentation skills,
  • and gain public speaking skills.

Programs include:

  • Cadet Ethics Team - develop sound reasoning and ethical decision-making skills and compete against like-minded students in similar programs in national and international events
  • Cadet Leadership Enrichment Opportunities  - an experiential leadership program for current and/or rising leaders in the Corps.  This program facilitates travel to federal service academies, other senior military colleges, and like-minded institutions to attend their leadership conferences and symposia.
  • Cadet - Superintendent's Advisory Board - experiential leadership program for hand-picked upper-class cadets only.  Members examine issues important to the Corps and make recommendations that will improve cadet life to the superintendent.


Funding for the Center comes from the Hope-Jackson opportunity fund and the generous support of individuals, organizations and VMI alumni. For more information about cadet programs or how to support programming, contact Col. Pat Looney at or 540-464-7946.

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