Announcing the 2014 IWU World Changer

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It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Hanford Dole, former United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, President of the American Red Cross and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has accepted our invitation to enter the IWU Society of World Changers as our 2014 inductee.

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Leadership Lessons from the End of the Bench

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Last week I had the privilege of serving as Honorary Coach for the IWU Men’s Basketball Team during the last home game of the season. It was Senior Night, when we recognized three outstanding young men who will graduate this spring.

It was great fun to interact with the team, and intriguing to watch Coach Tonagel and his staff work.

Like many people who enjoy team sports, I’ve always been intrigued with great coaches.

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Principled Service

Last year the IWU Executive Council adopted an email protocol in which, among other things, we committed not to send each other work-related emails from 6:00 pm on Friday to 6:00 pm on Sunday.  We weren’t sure how this would work, or if it would really make much difference in our work culture.  After six months, it’s clear that this protocol has made a positive impact.  We have had to be flexible when weekend duties have required communication between us, but none of us would want to go back to our old ways. During the recent Executive Council planning retreat, I asked Keith Newman (CEO for Residential Education) to help us develop a broader set of commitments we could make to each other as IWU’s senior administrative team.  We used an excellent document created by the Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth, Ohio) as our point of departure.  Our document borrows

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Nine Ways to Make the World a Better Place

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Several years ago I had the privilege of helping to prepare the university I served then to host a visit from a group of young gay rights activists. We immersed ourselves in Biblical studies, read the relevant psychological and sociological literature, discussed the issue at length with colleagues, and listened to the many convictions and opinions offered by the members of our community.

The visit was not easy for us or for our visitors. They were visiting us, after all, expressly for the purpose of asking us to change our views and our policies.

But it was worth the effort.

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