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CAS Senior Heads to Nation's Capital

By Rachel Bender | November 27, 2012

When she completes her undergraduate coursework in December, Regent University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) senior Leah Stiles will head to Washington, D.C., to work for the Charles Koch Institute. The institute educates and trains professionals on the importance of economic freedom and how it increases well-being for the overwhelming majority of people.

The Charles Koch Institute is familiar with Regent and its students. Regent's Koch Leaders Program was established in 2011 to provide a select group of undergraduate students with the opportunity to critically explore the principles of political and economic freedom and investigate their relationship with Christianity through readings, study and faculty mentorship.

The institute recently renewed its grant with Regent and increased the amount of the grant to $23,000.

Stiles has been a Koch fellow at Regent since 2011, so being hired to work as an academic programs assistant with the institute is a natural fit for her. "I am excited to learn as much as possible from this opportunity and to apply my Regent education," Stiles said. "Regent has provided me with a strong intellectual foundation to which I am eager to add professional experience."

Stiles will be helping with recruitment, application processing, planning and executing classroom activities associated with these programs. She will also assist with the partner organization outreach component of Koch programs, cultivating and continuing relationships with other liberty organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.

"The Koch Associates Program is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious and sought-after post-graduation professional opportunities in our nation," said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, dean of CAS. "This competitive program is highly selective and it is a distinct honor for Regent University and the College of Arts & Sciences to have Leah Stiles be a Koch Associate."

In June, Stiles will begin Koch's Associate Program which includes participation in the institute's Market-Based Management® (MBM) program. The program teaches organizations to succeed in the long-term by applying the principles of free speech, property rights and progress the organization believes allow free societies to prosper.

Stiles is the second Regent student to land a spot in the prestigious Koch Associate Program. Jason Hughey '12 (CAS) was among just seven percent of last year's applicant pool selected for the program. As a Koch Associate, Hughey was placed with the Americans for Prosperity Foundation where he is a policy analyst focused primarily on understanding free market economics and better business management.

"Given the college's short history, it is a rewarding accomplishment that two of its students are now part of this program," Moreno-Riaño added.

"Koch values economic freedom and a free society where individuals and private businesses are able to maximize their potential for growth and productivity," Stiles explained. "As a Koch employee, I hope to learn more about the practical ways that these ideas can be transmitted, and to become a better communicator who is more able to explain these concepts to the people with whom I interact."

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