Ethical Leadership Course

2018-2019 W&M Study in DC  

Co-taught in the W&M Washington Center by Jim Comey '82 and Drew Stelljes

Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth.  Building and maintaining that kind of leadership, in both the private sector and government, is the challenge of our time. 

The 3-credit course, "Ethical Leadership," will be in offered in the William & Mary Washington Center in the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters.  Composed of class meetings, online discussion and a research paper, the course will give W&M students the opportunity to learn about leadership from former FBI Director Jim Comey and Drew Stelljes, the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership and Executive Assistant Professor of Education at W&M.  

Course Schedule/Credits:  During the fall and spring semesters, the course will meet in the W&M Washington Center on select Friday afternoons and one time on main campus at the W&M School of Education (with the discussion live-streamed back to students in DC).  The course will have undergraduate and graduate sections in EDUC, with potential cross listings in other programs and departments.

 Enrolling students:  Students receiving priority in enrollment for the course include:

  • Undergraduates who are enrolled in the W&M Washington Center’s Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 DC Semester Program and its 2019 DC Summer Session can take the course as an elective in addition to their required program.
  • Graduate students, with students in the W&M School of Education’s Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program receiving first priority because of the program’s emphasis on leadership studies.
  • Undergraduate students with declared minors in Educational Studies.

As space allows, other students at W&M may also enroll in the course, provided that they are able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the sessions to be held there.

Frequently Asked QuestionsWashington Post Article About the Course

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Jim Comey: James Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama.   A Yonkers, New York native, Jim Comey attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Comey returned to New York and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. There, he took on numerous crimes, most notably Organized Crime in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterwards, Comey became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York after 9/11 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.

Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a Senior Research Scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

Drew Stelljes:  Dr. Andrew D. Stelljes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership at William & Mary. He provides leadership and direction for an integrated portfolio aimed at enhancing student development. 

Stelljes is the author of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Toward Long-term Developmental Social Concern and his engagement model has been widely published. He has authored an array of journal articles on placing students intellectual and developmental needs at the center of the learning endeavor, service-learning, community based learning, education policy reform measures, impacts of alternative breaks and measures of the efficacy of college based tutoring and mentoring programs. 

He is a graduate of William & Mary with an earned PhD in Educational Policy. In 2008 Drew was selected as an inaugural member of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders. He has held an executive board seat on a variety of local non-profits and on the Governor’s Advisory for National and Community Service where he chaired the annual selection process for statewide Americorps funding. Stelljes is the faculty member for the DC Office Summer Institute on Leadership and Community Engagement and he teaches the class Urban Education: Policy, Practice and Leadership through the W&M Washington Center.