Air Force Academy doubling character-shaping efforts

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The U.S. Air Force Academy is renewing its efforts to shape the character of cadets.

The plans, which were announced today, include creating a new professor position to lead a new Character & Leadership Development center and add research and assessment to its curriculum.

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould said the intent will be to integrate the entire faculty and staff in cadets’ character and leadership growth.

Air Force officials did not offer specifics about what the new program would teach, saying only that it would promote better leadership qualities among cadets.

The Center for Character & Leadership Development also will be relocating to a new $21.5 million facility scheduled to open during late summer 2012. Construction for the new building is anticipated to begin during March 2011.

The new center is expected to be LEED certified and housed in a facility compatible with the existing architecture of the Academy.

The building is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the same firm that originally planned and designed the Academy campus and Cadet Chapel.