McGovern Center for Leadership & Public Service

The vision of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service is to improve lives through education and service to others. We actively pursue this vision by offering academic and co-curricular programming that align with the McGovern philosophy of humanitarian outreach, political activism, and leadership.

The center is named in honor of two of Dakota Wesleyan University’s most prominent alumni, George and Eleanor McGovern. Sen. George McGovern distinguished himself as a pilot during World War II, a former congressman and senator who ran as his party’s nominee for president in 1972, and as a United Nations Ambassador who fought to end world hunger.

Our academic programs prepare some of Dakota Wesleyan’s best students for careers in service through selected coursework, leadership conferences, service-learning projects, research and internships. Co-curricular programs include the fall McGovern Debate, spring Leadership, Innovation and Social Change Conference, domestic and international service-learning experiences, and other special forums designed to encourage civic engagement. 


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 "All That a Moo Can Do/A 'Moo' For You"

Through colorful imagery and playful rhyme, a new children’s book tells the story of how one cow makes a very big difference in the life of a little boy.


The true story of Haptamu, a boy in Ethiopia, is told in “A Moo For You/All That a Moo Can Do,” a book written, illustrated and produced by Dakota Wesleyan University students and their professor. (For the full story, click here)


The book is on sale for $20 through the Campus Bookstore or at Amazon. The proceeds go to the McGovern Center's Livestock for Life program.




Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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