Introducing the Leadership LSU Spring 2020 Cohort

BATON ROUGE – LSU has recognized 30 students as the Spring Cohort Class of 2020 for Leadership LSU, an annual program coordinated by LSU Campus Life.

In its 31st year as an LSU tradition, the program provides juniors, seniors and graduate students the opportunity to develop and apply their leadership at high levels while in their final semesters at LSU. Participants chosen for the Leadership LSU Spring Cohort exhibit the capacity to learn and impact others positively through their leadership experiences. Active participation in Leadership LSU challenges students to sharpen their leadership skills and abilities, regardless of their career choices and plans following graduation.

The cohort finished their last session through Zoom, with reflections and group discussions about their experience.

“The Leadership LSU Spring 2020 cohort members continued their learning journeys together in the midst of the international response to COVID-19,” Jacob Brumfield, director of LSU Campus Life, said. “We are proud of their commitments to the program, to their leadership learning, and to their efforts to put their leadership in action during this challenging time. We wish the graduating cohort members in the spring 2020 graduating class well as they practice their leadership as LSU alumni. We look forward to renewing our connections with the cohort members who will return to LSU this fall.”

Members of the spring cohort will be attending law school, medical school, graduate school, and teaching and service programs.

In addition, the Robert Beverly Pancake Memorial Scholarship was awarded to an undergraduate student of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, who exemplified what it meant to be a leader. Elizabeth Guinn, a native of Ruston, La., was the recipient of the scholarship for the 2020 spring cohort.

The curriculum of Leadership LSU is based in adaptive leadership through group discussion and extracurricular lectures with LSU and community leaders. By the end of the program, students have learned how to identify adaptive leadership challenges, address social issues with the community, recognize the opportunities that come from an adaptive leadership experience and support the Leadership LSU peer network.

Members of the LSU Leadership 2020 Spring Cohort:

Ama, La.
Tayler Pierre, senior, mass communication 

Baton Rouge, La.
Claire Hadlock, senior, mass communication
Briasha Jones, senior, kinesiology
Wilani Porter, senior, kinesiology

Bossier City, La.
Ryan Agsunod, senior, biological sciences 

Buras, La.
Kim Sieng, junior, information systems and decision sciences

Clinton, La.
Kaila Lanns, senior, sociology 

Covington, La.
Kayley Terminie, senior, biological sciences 

Destrehan, La.
Haley Caluda, senior, kinesiology 

Erath, La.
Malory Savoie, senior, political science

Hammond, La.
Krista Scafidel, senior, mechanical engineering 

Lafayette, La.
Victoria Louis, junior, philosophy
Anna Merkl, senior, information systems and decision sciences 

Marrero, La.
Elizabeth Nguyen, junior, general business
Kiare Williams, senior, philosophy 

New Iberia, La.
Destiny Girouard, senior, sociology

New Orleans, La.
Lauren Bagneris, senior, kinesiology
Logan Gobert, senior, sociology 

Opelousas, La.
Tim King, senior, biological engineering 

Ruston, La.
Elizabeth Guinn, senior, information systems and decision sciences

Shreveport, La.
Brooklen Farley, senior, political science
Peyton Simons, senior, biological sciences 

Slidell, La.
Alanna Moss, senior, political science 

Zachary, La.
Dee Scott, senior, marketing

Garland, Texas
Jordon Smith, senior, sport administration

Houston, Texas
Morgan Davis, senior, kinesiology
Clarke Parham, senior, kinesiology

Lumberton, Texas
Victoria Shillow, senior, sociology

Orange, Texas
Danielle Gyasi, senior, biological sciences

Quezon City
Patrick Tapalla, senior, industrial engineering


LSU congratulates these leaders for excelling throughout the rigorous application and selection process, as well as their participation in Leadership LSU’s adaptive leadership and seminars throughout the spring semester.

LSU Campus Life supports and advises student organizations that uphold the three tenets of Campus Life: Involvement, Leadership and Service. These organizations include Geaux Big Baton Rouge, Homecoming Student Committee, Involvement Krewe, Service Breaks, Student Activities Board and Volunteer LSU. LSU Campus Life also works closely with more than 400 student organizations, countless student organization leaders and organization advisers, and is home to some of LSU's biggest traditions. LSU Campus Life strives to make LSU an increasingly vibrant campus community. Visit for more information. 

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