author, journalist and presidential adviser David Gergen will give
public lectures at 7 p.m., Jan. 6, Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 on the qualities
that define strong world leaders. Tickets go on sale Wednesday,
Dec. 17. Admission to the events is free for Elon University students,
faculty and staff.
serve as Elon University's first Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting
Professor of Leadership during Winter Term 2004. His public lectures
will be held in McCrary Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts
on campus. Gergen's lecture titles are:
6 - "Lessons from World Leaders: Gaining Self-Mastery"
12 - "Lessons from World Leaders: Choosing the Path"
Jan. 1 - "Lessons from World Leaders: Confronting Adversity"
The new professorship
is funded by the estate of the late Isabella Cannon, a 1924 alumnus
of Elon University and former mayor of Raleigh, N.C. Each year,
a visiting professor will teach leadership classes and work directly
with students in the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program. The visiting
professor will be a nationally recognized leader who desires to
help young people learn about the nature, potential and responsibility
of leadership, creating positive change for the common good.
pleased David Gergen will serve in this important role during Winter
Term," said Leo M. Lambert, Elon president. "His experience
in the White House has given him a unique view of leadership at
the highest levels of public service. Elon students, faculty and
the public will have an unprecedented opportunity to hear his perspectives
and learn about the qualities that define strong leadership."
as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions
in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. He also served
for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as a counselor
to President Clinton and later as a special adviser to the president
and the secretary of state.
about his White House experience in his acclaimed book "Eyewitness
to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton."
as professor of public service and director of the Center for Public
Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University. He is editor-at-large at U.S. News and World Report
magazine, hosts "The World at Large with David Gergen"
and appears regularly as an analyst on ABC's "Nightline."
A native of
Durham, N.C., Gergen has shared his knowledge with Elon students
before. In January 2001, he served as a panelist for a symposium
titled "The First 100 Days of the 21st Century Presidency,"
along with journalist Sander Vanocur and historians Michael Beschloss
and William Leuchtenburg. In April 2003, Gergen interviewed legendary
broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite before an audience of 2,900
in Koury Center.
$12 for a single lecture, $25 for the series or free for those with
valid Elon identification.