To address the decline in public service and interest in the history of the Presidency, the Center invites 85 of the nation's top college and university students yearly to Washington to participate in the Presidential Fellows Program, a series of leadership conferences in the fall and spring that provide the opportunity for Fellows to interact with high-level government officials from the Executive and Legislative branches and the policy community. The centerpiece of the program is the research, writing and defense of original papers on the Presidency and their publication in A Dialogue on Presidential Challenges and Leadership.
Good leadership is based on trust. In response to character failures routinely witnessed in government, business, education, religion, and athletics, in 2006 the Center established the National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership, an organization of more than 40 high schools, colleges, service academies, business schools, and independent institutions. The Consortium aims to unite the often disconnected fields of ethics and leadership education by providing tools for students who struggle with morally complex leadership situations.