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Presidents Leadership Group

The Center for College Health and Safety has long recognized the important contributions that college and university presidents make in substance abuse prevention and the difference these efforts make both on- and off-campus. The Presidents Leadership Group (PLG) was established in 1997 to underscore the important role they serve in successful alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention efforts on campus and in the larger community. With support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the PLG was formed to bring national attention to campus AOD issues, highlighting concrete ways presidents can serve as effective catalysts for change.

In its first year, the six founding members of the PLG published an alcohol prevention report entitled, "Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary: Recommendations for College and University Presidents on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention," that urged college presidents to become more active leaders on their campuses and surrounding communities on this issue. The report included 13 proposals for effective prevention, identifying specific steps presidents can take in this role. In 1998, the PLG produced an accompanying video to the report.

In 2001, additional funding from the Foundation allowed the PLG to expand upon its membership and activities. A new recruitment process was undertaken, with new members asked to engage in the following set of general activities:

Additionally, applicants interested in serving a core group of the PLG are asked to contribute through a more intensive set of activities:

The Center continues to recognize the PLG members who serve as models for prevention. With 49 members serving in more than 27 states, presidents continue to be engaged in this important issue.