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The Global Leadership Pathway, formerly known as the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership

When Frank Pavlis graduated from Michigan Tech in 1938, he was the first in his family to complete college, graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Chemical Engineering. That education launched his highly successful career which began in 1940 at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Pavlis retired in 1980 as its vice president for international/world trade. His generous gift to the university allowed us to create the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership in 2005 and provided selected students the opportunity to develop the technological leadership skills that led to his own success. The Pavlis Institute has since expanded to the creation of the Pavlis Honors College. The multi-year global technological leadership program that was formerly known as the Pavlis Institute still exists, but is now known as the Global Leadership Pathway within the Pavlis Honors College. 

The Global Leadership Pathway within the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Technological University gives students an innovative and visionary entrepreneurial spirit, communication and people skills, and a broad systems perspective that includes not only technical breadth and awareness, but also the global business sense to create a sustainable, quality future. The Global Leadership Pathway culminates in a 5-week travel experience abroad where students implement projects they have been developing over the course of their studies, followed by a leadership capstone in which students apply their knowledge in a field or project of interest. Current project sites include Ghana, Tanzania, India, Senegal and Brazil.

Pavlis In The News

Check out these Pavlis headlines from the archives!

Pavlis Med Van on TV6

TV6 heard about one of the flagship projects for the Ghana team and put together a video feature.

Michigan Tech Newsletter

The Pavlis Institute was featured in the Michigan Tech College of Engineering newsletter.

Digital History of Frank Pavlis