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Benjamin Rigney of Wake Forest University to Deliver Lecture on “Virtuous Leadership” Rigney’s talk will be held Feb. 5 at 5 p.m.

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Benjamin Rigney, assistant director of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University School of Law, will deliver a lecture titled “Virtuous Leadership” at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Wake Forest’s Program for Leadership and Character uses innovative teaching, creative programming, and cutting-edge research to educate and empower leaders to serve humanity. Rigney’s primary work with the program is to help law students develop as effective, virtue-driven leaders.

While the goal of “leadership development” is often personal or organizational success, teaching leadership skills focused on success without virtue or honor risks creating leaders who can actively make the world a worse place, instead of a better one. In his talk, Rigney will introduce “Virtuous Leadership” as a leadership development model that intentionally integrates being a good leader with being an effective one. Participants will learn a clear definition of virtuous leadership and why virtue and honor are necessary components of successful leadership development.

During his campus visit, Rigney will have lunch with students who took a jurisprudence course during Fall Term 2023 taught by Melina Bell, professor of philosophy and law at W&L, and will join the university’s Alpha Circle chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa for a “Coffee and Conversation” in the afternoon.

Rigney received his bachelor’s degree from Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He received his doctorate from Carolina University and earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.