About the Institute
The Trent Lott Leadership Institute sets its sights high. Our mission is to identify talented young people and prepare them for leadership positions in our state and nation. We fully expect that the names of today's Public Policy Leadership graduates will resound through the halls of state legislatures, Congress, U.S. embassies, and other institutions that serve the public good in future years.
Named in honor of distinguished Ole Miss alumnus, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, the Institute offers a wide range of leadership and outreach programs that work to enrich the lives and enhance the abilities of students and faculty, as well as high school students, students from other colleges and universities, and the community.
At the Lott Leadership Institute, we reach out to young people before they enter college through our Lott Program for Pre-College Students, which includes the Lott Leadership Institute for High School Students and the Lott Leadership Institute for Rising Ninth Graders. We continue with our Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership degree at The University of Mississippi, where we work with promising and talented young people to develop global leaders for the future. We engage students, faculty, and community in thought-provoking conversation and debate through our ongoing Lott Leadership Institute Lecture Series.
By merging comprehensive leadership technique with global consciousness, we produce informed leaders for the future.
About Trent Lott
the service of L.Q.C. Lamar in the 1800s to that of Trent
Lott today, Mississippi has produced extraordinary leaders
for our state and nation. The University of Mississippi
seeks to recognize the statesmanship of Senator Lott as Majority
Leader of the United States Senate through the establishment
of a Leadership Institute in his name. The Institute will
enhance the University's mission of nurturing the development
of young men and women to make future contributions to our
state and nation, as well as provide training to assist and
guide current leaders.
U.S. Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi is the Senate's 16th
Majority Leader and the first Mississippian ever to hold the
legislative body's top leadership post. A native Mississippian
and Ole Miss alumnus, Senator Lott was elected to the House
of Representatives in 1972 and served until 1988, when he
was elected to the Senate. In 1994, he was re-elected to a
second term in the Senate.
The r espect shown to Senator Lott by his colleagues in the
House and Senate is reflected in the leadership positions
to which he has been elected. In 1979, he was elected chairman
of the House Republican Research Committee, the fifth-ranking
Republican leadership position. In 1980, he was elected Republican
Whip, the second-ranking Republican leadership position. The
first Southerner to be elected to that position, he was re-elected
to the post three times.
In the Senate, Lott continued his leadership service as
Secretary of the Senate Republican Conference. In 1995, he
was elected Senate Majority Whip. Senator Lott is the first
person to be elected to the position of Whip in both the House
of Representatives and the Senate. During his 26 years
of service in Congress, Senator Lott has encouraged responsible
federal funding for business, industry, education, and research
to enhance the quality of life for all Americans.