Leadership Academies

The Theta Xi Leadership Initiative, which was announced in 2005, is an active and ongoing campaign for Theta Xi to be a premier leadership fraternity. Through this initiative, three yearly programs developed and grew into what is now known as the Theta Xi Leadership Academies.

The Theta Xi Leadership Academies are comprised of three national leadership events: Vredenburgh Presidents Academy (VPA), Rising Stars Academy (RSA), and Newell Officer Academy (NOA).

Student Leadership Challenge

In 2018, the Grand Lodge adopted the Student Leadership Challenge as the leadership framework for the Fraternity. In doing so, they set the strategic goal of infusing this framework into each of the Leadership Academies. In utilizing James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart), each of the three Leadership Academy’s purposes can be met.

The purpose of VPA is to provide newly elected presidents with a high-quality leadership and educational experience that enhances their leadership skills and knowledge of chapter operations. Through collaboration with peers from across the Fraternity, VPA aims to cultivate a community of leaders who are committed to the Purpose of Theta Xi and who have successfully developed an action plan for their term as president. 

The purpose of RSA is to provide newly initiated brothers with a high-quality personal leadership development experience that encourages future chapter leaders to explore their own identities. Through self-exploration, reflection, and a supportive and inclusive environment, RSA aims to encourage participants to:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their values.
  2. Cultivate a growth mindset to aid in their success in life—holistically.
  3. Become better Brothers who can make a positive impact in their chapter, college, community, and country.


The purpose of Newell Officer Academy (NOA) is to equip chapter officers with the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to successfully execute the responsibilities of their office. Through a comprehensive training experience that will enhance their leadership capabilities, NOA aims to empower chapter officers to confidently lead to the best of their abilities.


2025 Leadership Academies:

VPA & RSA: January 17 – 20, 2025

NOA: January 31 – February 2, 2025




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