The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the Institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a common new student curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement as returning students for their remaining time at the Capstone.

In 2024, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Institute’s founding. The above photo collage captures its history from Dr. John L. Blackburn’s visionarly leadership in the 1960s through the organization’s present day. The highlight of this milestone year is Annual Symposium on August 23-24 with the theme 30 Years of Fellowship: Building the Bonds of Ethical Leadership. A Black Tie-Optional Gala caps off the event. We hope members will reunite with other Blackburn Society and Advisory Board members, Fellows, and current students to reconnect with mentors and friends, recognize our achievements so far, and work toward positive change for Alabama for years to come.

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2024 is the 30th Anniversary of the Blackburn Institute's founding. Celebrate this milestone year by reuniting at the Capstone for an Annual Symposium capped off by a Black Tie Optional Gala.
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