Robert Korstad, director from 1995-2001, helped further expand HLP’s emphasis on community-based research opportunities. At the time a tenure-track scholar (he was awarded tenure in 2001), Korstad also brought an additional measure of credibility to program located in a department whose emphasis is rigorous research combined with policy engagement, and a university whose emphasis is knowledge in the service to society. With the help of trustee emerita and inaugural HLP Leader in Residence Susan King, Korstad attracted outside funding for the program from major foundations, and an additional gift from Mitch Hart allowed the program to establish an endowment for faculty salaries.

Susan King served as Leader in Residence from 1995-2001; her successor was former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa James A. Joseph, emeritus professor of the practice of public policy studies.

In 1996, HLP founder Bruce Payne launched Leadership and the Arts (LANY) in New York, a robust program that continued for a decade. Through the program, Duke undergraduates spent the spring semester in New York City exploring questions of leadership, policy, philanthropy, and creativity in the arts. The group usually consisted of majors in the social sciences and humanities. Some had career interests in law, medicine, or business, while others planned to work in government, international organizations, schools, or non-profits.