Monday Lunch: July 16, 2018

Lunch Program: David W. Keller Ph.D., '07 - Director, Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

Presentation Summary:

Under the leadership of first-year Director Dr. David Keller, the Hollingsworth Leadership Excellence Program was renamed “The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership" (HCEL). This transformation to a Center positions the HCEL to expand programs in the coming years and truly become a resource for all cadets, staff, and others across the campus. The HCEL offers the Certificate in Leadership Studies and Development–a 12-credit hour, university-recognized, academic award noted on the official Texas A&M transcript. Additionally, the Center hosts two annual top-tier leadership conferences–the Intentional Leadership Conference and the Nichols Rising Leader Conference. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the HCEL Career Readiness program coordinated with 300 companies to offer 45 corporate information sessions to students seeking internships and jobs, and also partnered with the Corps of Cadets Association to launch the "Hire-a-Cadet" website.

Speaker Bio:

Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Keller completed a noteworthy 20+ year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed all cadet character, ethics, and leadership programs at the United States Air Force Academy, including more than 120 annual seminars and the overseeing the Academy’s acclaimed National Character & Leadership Symposium. He also served as the Deputy Vice Commandant of the Air Force Academy, where he led many of the Academy’s organizational culture & climate change efforts, to include guiding the nation’s largest collegiate peer education team. 

In 2009-2010, Dr. Keller served as the senior U.S. advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Academy in Baghdad, working side-by-side with Iraqi leaders to rebuild the Iraqi military. He later guided the efforts of U.S. Air Force personnel across 7 locations in Iraq, and was one of the principle authors of the initial U.S. drawdown strategic plan. 

Dr. Keller taught leadership and character development courses for both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior & Leadership from the Air Force Academy, and a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St Mary’s University in San Antonio. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M, where his primary research focused on moral and ethical development of leaders.


Lunch w/ salad bar catered by Circle G BBQ.
$10 - members 
$15 - non-members


Location: Aggie Park Banquet Hall 6205 West Ave. San Antonio TX 78213


  • Doors open - 11am
  • Lunch Buffet - 11:30am
  • Program - 12:00 - 1:00pm