Jose Bolivar

SGA President Bolivar Selected for Hesselbein Leadership Institute

Jose Bolivar Jose Bolivar’s sense of service can be traced back to his upbringing and Catholic values — it was always important that he love thy neighbors. This idea of service is something that never left him. With hard work and passion, Bolivar transformed his service into leadership and was recognized by the Hesselbein Institute for his influence on the UST community.

The Student Leadership Summit held by the Frances Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Institute is a global leadership academy that aims to produce a cadre of experienced, ethical leaders equipped to address critical issues throughout the world.

Bolivar, a senior finance major, credits his time at St. Thomas in giving him the skills he needed to be selected for this prestigious opportunity.

“UST is about educating leaders of faith and character,” Bolivar said. “The values I learned at St. Thomas have allowed me to shine in a pool with a lot of applicants. It was very competitive and there was a waiting list. They picked the best and I was incredibly lucky to be one of them.”

Speakers on leadership included army generals, non-profit leaders, fundraisers and captains of industry. Bolivar also participated in community outreach in a small group setting led by a mentor.  Bolivar, along with his group, assisted a non-profit that does energy audits develop a plan to expand the business to middle and high-income customers in the area.

Throughout the summit the participants, performed tasks to help demonstrate and put into practice what they learned.

At UST, Bolivar said he came into his own when he became the Grand Knight for the UST’s Knights of Columbus chapter.

“I realized there was something in my heart telling me that service was what I had to do,” Bolivar said. “The knights helped me build confidence in my leadership abilities. That experience gave me the confidence to run for SGA president.”

Bolivar has taken an active role on campus. In addition to being the former Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and SGA president he also serves as the chairman of the blood drives and is working on a suicide prevention social media campaign called I Am Here.

Looking forward, Bolivar has a lot he would like to accomplish—complete graduate school, earn a doctorate, become a business consultant and establish mentorship opportunities are all part of his plan. Regardless of where the future leads, a life of service and leadership lies ahead.

“Outside of Angie Montelongo’s office there was a quote on the wall that said ‘great servants become great leaders.’  I saw it every day for four years and never really got it. Now I understand what that means.”


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