The Student Government Association honored Dale Gauthreaux, Director of The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the Terry College of Business, at their Professor Recognition Banquet on Jan. 20. Gauthreaux was ranked in the top 13 out of more than 40 professors that were nominated by students for the prestigious award.

Kristen Stamps, a senior in the Leonard Leaders Scholars Program, nominated Gauthreaux because of the impact he has made on her college experience. “Daily, he guides students in such a way that pushes them to challenge themselves to develop both personally and as leaders. This, to me, has made such an impact and has personally influenced me because I have learned more from him than I could ever learn from within a textbook,” Stamps explained.

Gauthreaux, more commonly referred to as “Dr. G” by ILA students, inspires students to become thought leaders and encourages them to think outside the box by pondering his famous question, “For the purpose of what?”.

ILA students frequently comment that his innovative teaching style ignites lessons that stay with them throughout the rest of their lives. Stamps says, “I was taught how not many things in life have clear and precise answers and how to continue to push through things even when you're not sure they are right or will be successful.”

Gauthreaux has been the Director of ILA since 2006 and continues to develop a new class of business and community leaders who embrace ILA’s core values of responsibility, stewardship, excellence, integrity and purpose.