Texas Tech University

MILE Program Overview

The MILE Program provides unique leadership and professional development experiences during a three-semester cohort, which is up of 14 selected students that represent each CASNR undergraduate academic department. Students enroll in a MILE course each semester of the cohort and receive a leadership certificate upon completion of the MILE Program.

MILE curriculum is delivered through experiential learning opportunities that include on- and off-campus workshops and tours. These experiences give participants exposure to the diverse issues affecting agriculture and public policy. Each cohort will travel to Austin to meet with state policy makers when the Texas Legislature is in session. Every MILE cohort will also spend a week in Washington, D.C. meeting with government agencies and industry representatives.

Spring – First Semester

  • Enroll in AGSC 2302, Individual Leadership in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Leadership Retreat
  • South Texas Ag Tour
  • Professional Development Workshop: Resume and Cover Letter Critique, Media Training

Fall – Second Semester

  • Enroll in AGSC 3301, Service Leadership in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • South Plains Ag Tour
  • Professional Development Workshop: Etiquette Training and Networking 101
  • Federal Policy: Washington, D.C Trip

Spring – Third Semester

  • Enroll in AGSC 3302, Community Leadership in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Panhandle Ag Tour
  • State Policy: Austin/Central Texas Trip
  • Program graduation

Cohort Schedule

Cohort I

  • Selected Fall 2017
  • Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Cohort II

  • Selected Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

Cohort III

  • Selected Fall 2020
  • Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

*Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University during the length of their MILE cohort. Students who would graduate from the university prior to the completion of their MILE cohort are not eligible for the program.



Dr. Lindsay Kennedy
MILE Program Director
AGED 117
(806) 742-2816

Matt Williams
Assistant Director of Development
(806) 742-2802

Dr. Cindy Akers
Interim Dean
108 Goddard
(806) 742-2808