Suzanne & Richard Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant Leadership
Past students or faculty members who put servant leadership principles into practice:
Jonathon Blandford is currently active in the Peace Corps, serving in Uganda. His primary projects include developing sustainable blocks for use in housing construction and improving sustainable water systems.
Jose Ernesto Saransig Perugachi is working on his Thesis in Ecuador. With funding approved by Prof. Jeff Russell, Servant Leadership Chair, Mr. Saransig’s thesis work stems from an earlier engineering project that repaired a water system and improved access for five communities. Mr. Saransig’s project goes further to look at ways to document and preserve what is in the local environment and, at a later stage, use local plants to enhance water quality and conservation. Mr. Saransig is the first person in his indigenous community to attend college and he has been faithful to his roots and community service.
Kevin Orner is a Graduate Student working in Panama in an International Masters Program with the University of South Florida. In his community, he has assisted and led many projects and seminars regarding water usage, management and sustainability, fixing various water related vessels, environmental health work, basic English lessons, and training Peace Corps volunteers among and endless list of activities.
Nate Haugen served in the Peace Corps in Honduras as a civil engineer working on water sanitation. He researched, designed and constructed potable water systems for communities in his region, including an orphanage, and worked on sanitation projects to improve the environmental impact of the communities and to help sustain their living areas for future generations. Nathan worked with a youth baseball league in his Hondoran community and brought teams to the capital city’s national tournament. Local parents led the team as coaches, and supporters in the U.S. donated equipment.