Jimmie Gahagan currently serves as Director of the LEAD program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, he facilitates students’ integrative learning and leadership development to support their success and employability. He teaches leadership classes and encourages students’ engagement in high-impact practices such as study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, peer leadership, and service-learning. He has presented and published widely on such topics as the sophomore-year experience, creating learning outcomes, residential learning initiatives, peer leadership, the first-year experience, and student retention. He has a B.A in political science from the University of Richmond, and a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Ph.D. in Education Administration both from the University of South Carolina.