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Robert Moorman

Fellows Class of 2021 Faculty Mentor

Educational background: BA in Geology, The College of Wooster, MBA in Management, Indiana University, PhD in Organizational Behavior, Indiana University. Dissertation: The Role of Cognition and Disposition as Predictors of Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Study of Personality and Perceived Fairness.

Professional background: Though my undergraduate degree was in Geology, I transitioned into a business career by first working for PPG Industries and then pursuing an MBA. In the MBA program, I taught discussion sections of an introduction to business class and discovered my interest in teaching and research. I completed my PhD in 1990 and now have a 27 year career in higher education teaching undergraduate and graduate business courses in management, organizational behavior, and leadership. My recent research has focused on the development of leader integrity in business organizations.

Personal: I am married with a 12 year old step-daughter. For hobbies, I love to travel and play golf – preferably at the same time. Favorite trips include golf trips to Ireland, study abroad trips to China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore, teaching/tourist trips to New Zealand, and geology trips to the Rockies.

Why I enjoy working with the Center for Leadership: There is a greater need for effective leaders than people courageous enough to take on the role. I am energized by students who have rightfully decided to take on the challenge. Plus, the Center has nice t-shirts.

Favorite quote: “When the effective leader is finished with his or her work, the people say it happened naturally.” - Lao Tse

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Kenn Gaither

Fellows Class of 2020 Faculty Mentor

Educational background: BA, English Writing/Portuguese, Certificate of Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh; MFA, Literary Journalism, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., Concentration: International Public Relations and New Technology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Professional background: I started out as a journalist but spent most of my professional career in public relations. I am an internationalist, sparked by spending a year in Brazil as an exchange student. Since then, I have returned to Brazil five times, spent two months in Ghana doing service work, taught in China and a study abroad course in Turkey, and sailed on Semester at Sea nine times visiting more than 25 countries. Most recently, I served as the president and CEO of Semester at Sea, a program I believe is without equal as a comparative study abroad experience.

Personal: My lovely wife Barbara and I are proud parents of three daughters – Emmeline and twins Sydney and Lila. Although I love to travel, there is no place I’d rather be than home with my family. If not playing with the kids, you’ll find me running, watching soccer (U.S. National Team) and any Pittsburgh team (Penguins, Bucs or Steelers) or reading a non-fiction book.

Why I enjoy working with the Center for Leadership: It is inspiring to work with some of Elon’s best and brightest students and such a talented staff.

Favorite quote: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

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Tony Weaver

Fellows Class of 2019 Faculty Mentor

Educational background: B.S. in Finance, Siena College; M.A. in Education, Concentration: Athletic Administration, University of Connecticut; Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Concentration: Higher Education Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Professional background: I served 10 years in Division I college athletic administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Siena College, Iona College and the University of Connecticut. I coached college and high school basketball and gained practical experience in financial organizations before moving into athletic administration. I am currently active in research related to leadership in college athletics.

Personal: I grew up in Troy, New York, just outside of Albany. My wife, Lauren, and I moved to Greensboro in 2001 to both work at UNCG. I left athletic administration and began teaching a class at Elon in 2004 and I never left. Outside of work, I spend a majority of my free time with my wife and four daughters. My career is also my hobby - I enjoy watching and participating in sport and recreation.

Why I enjoy working with the Center for Leadership: I like being around people who want to do something - not just talk about it. The chance to work with students for four years who will put their plan into action is very intriguing to me.

Favorite quote: "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

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Paula Patch

Fellows Class of 2018 Faculty Mentor

Educational background: BA in English with a Business Administration minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA in English from Eastern New Mexico University

Professional background: I have had two careers, one as a journalist and one as a teacher. At UNCG, I was the news editor for the student newspaper and after I graduated, I was a features reporter for a tiny newspaper in the tiny town of Clovis, New Mexico (a job I talked my way into by walking into the editor’s office with my resume and clips the day the former features reporter announced she was leaving). A few years later, after short stints as a marketing copywriter, a copy editor, and a speech writer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, I became an assistant editor—and then, a year later—managing editor for a trade magazine for the home medical industry. (Google “Paula Patch” and “HomeCare” and you can still see some of the things I wrote and edited.) I loved journalism and publishing, especially editing, but I knew that I loved teaching writing—which I got a taste of as a graduate student in New Mexico—more, so I left the magazine to teach at two-year and four-year colleges in Georgia. In 2006, we moved to NC and the Elon job magically appeared, and I’ve been here ever since. I’ve always taught academic writing—my official academic designation is a “compositionist”—with a couple of literature and grammar classes thrown in the mix. Three years ago, I was selected to coordinate the ENG 110/College Writing program in the English Department/Core Curriculum program. I am exactly where I want to be, although I could never have foreseen being here when I graduated from undergrad. Some of these moves were serendipitous—the right place at the right time—but all were taken with great risk, a good eye for spotting an opportunity when it arose, and being good enough at what I do to convince whomever was hiring to take a chance on me.

Personal: Married for almost 20 years (!) to the guy I met when I was a junior in college. His name is Shawn; he is an archaeologist and a guitarist in an Americana band (I use him for cool points). We have two daughters and two cats. We live in Greensboro, where we met and where I grew up, in a 100-year-old house in a historic neighborhood. Greensboro is like a big small town--I know someone everywhere I go. I kayak and paddleboard, and I am happiest when I’m on a walk, in a bookstore, or exploring a new place. My hobby is reading. My favorite word is serendipitous. I am more curious than fearful or certain. I like to laugh and I like people who make me laugh. I consider myself an explorer.

Why I enjoy working with the Center for Leadership: As a high school and college student, I was active in leadership programs and positions, and working in the CFL lets me continue to explore those interests. More important, working in the CFL allows me to work with students on being people first, students second. In my academic classes, I try to treat my students like the adults—people—they are, but at the end of the day, when you teach, you’re dealing with students. As a mentor and, as I see it, fellow seeker in my quest to understand what it means to be a leader, I get to deal with the people in the students.

Favorite quotes: “To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don’t know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly. And that the unofficial history of the world shows that dedicated individuals and popular movements can shape history and have, though how and when we might win and how long it might take is not predictable.” - Rebecca Solnit, “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable"

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. It is not indifferent to us which way we walk. There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one.” - Henry David Thoreau, “Walking”