HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 2, 2014 – High Point University will host two authors and leadership experts as part of its Community Enrichment Series. Phil Johnston, a 15-year chief executive officer of a public technology company, and Dr. Lane Anderson, retired educator and naval reserve captain, will present “The Heightened Importance of Leadership in All Endeavors for the Betterment of Mankind” at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public.
Johnston and Anderson will engage in a dialog with each other, HPU students and alumni about how to breathe leadership into current circumstances and life events. They will emphasize ways to put leadership into practice as students prepare to transition to the work world.
“The importance of leadership can be traced to Plato,” says Johnston. “With the leadership missteps under the most recent U.S. presidents, Ron Johnson of J.C. Penney, Kenneth Lay of Enron, Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom, Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco as well as the Catholic Church, more witness the direct impact of feckless leadership. Indeed, the heightened awareness of the importance of leadership is most encouraging.”
Johnston, a specialist on leadership and managerial excellence, is the author of several books on leadership, including, “True South, Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes.” He is currently the co-founder and chief legal officer of Koolbridge Solar Inc.
Anderson was an educator for 33 years and an award-winning principal. He has served for four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy as well as 21 years in the naval reserve intelligence program, retiring with the rank of captain. He has published two books on family leadership, “Care Enough to Discipline: Raising Children for the 21st Century” and “Answers to Questions About Life, Livin’ & Lovin’,” and is the collaborator on “True South.” His doctoral dissertation on situational leadership was groundbreaking and has been used as a reference book at the U.S. Naval Academy and the War College.
Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.