Leaves from a President's Notebook: Lessons on Life and Leadership

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Leaves from a President's Notebook shares the wisdom of Thomas K. Hearn Jr., former President of Wake Forest University, and past chairman and board member of the Center for Creative Leadership. These short essays reflect Dr. Hearn's thoughts ranging from growing up in rural Alabama to current topics including leadership development, college athletics, and the role of the modern university.

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Author Thomas K. Hearn, Jr
ISBN 978-1-64761-075-3
Publisher CCL Press

Dr. Hearn graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College, earned a divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. After teaching philosophy at the College of William and Mary for ten years, he returned to his home state in 1974 to start the philosophy department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Hearn was named Wake Forest University’s twelfth president on June 23, 1983, and served until 2005, the second-longest tenure in the University’s history. He oversaw the development of Wake Forest from a small, regional liberal arts Baptist institution into one of the nations’ premier independent universities. His efforts to raise the University’s national profile were recognized in 1994 when U.S. News & World Report moved Wake Forest into the national universities category in its annual college guide. Wake Forest has ranked among the top thirty universities in the country every year since.


"Dr. Hearn maintained a vital, even scholarly, interest in leadership and the development of leaders-especially as it related to the academy and young people."
- Reid Morgan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Wake Forest University
"The essays in this book will give you a glimpse of the truly important matters in his life: family, Wake Forest University, values, and education. He was a remarkable man, which is demonstrated in these essays and in my experiences with him. I am so fortunate to have worked with him and to have called him a friend."
- Ron Wellman, Former Director of Athletics, Wake Forest University
"It was my privilege to work closely with Tom Hearn for many years. Tom was shaped by background, scholarship, and experience. He had a deep-seated love for people and the institution he served. What his own writings cannot fully capture is the courage he had to live by his convictions and act upon them, even in difficult times. I always admired that courage that contributed so much to his accomplishments."
- Leon H. Corbett, Jr. Vice President and General Counsel, Wake Forest University

Table of Contents

Leaves from a President's Notebook: Lessons on Life and Leadership
Introduction by Tom Hearn 11
Tom Hearn Reflections 13
Knowing Thomas Hearn 17
Essay on Tom Hearn 23
Amateurism in College Athletics 31
Who’s in Charge of College Athletics? 37
Fans and Fanatics 43
The Question of Integrity in College Sports 47
Drug Users and Suppliers 59
Happiness 63
Technology and Social Change 69
Gratitude 73
Imitations of Immortality 77
The Business of Busyness 83
Types of Love 87
Reflections on a Childhood in Another Century 95
The Most Disturbing F act I K now 99
The Sounds of Silence 103
Are you a Conservative or a Liberal? 107
The Sunday Self 113
Our Public Schools 121
Should a University Be Run Like a Business? 125
Language Lessons 129
Academics and Eggheads 133
Fund-Raising 137
Leadership and Teaching in the American University 143
Heroes and Heroines 171
Leadership 177
Leadership in Higher Education 183
Why Americans Hate Politics 187
Leadership: Transforming Organizations 193
Lessons in Podium Etiquette 209
Visions and Dreams 213
A Christmas Reflection 227
Christmas Joy and Sorrow 239
Legal Ethics and Corporate Governance Post Enron 245
Religious Heritage and Academic Culture at Wake Forest 253
Schools and American Cultural Conflict 271
Memorial Service, September 11, 2001, Wait Chapel 289
The Circles of Character 293
The Ride of Your Life 305

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