Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Washington and Lee President Discusses 'Leadership and the Liberal Arts,' November 8

Chestertown, MD — Dr. Kenneth Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University, will visit Washington College to present a talk titled "Leadership and the Liberal Arts" at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Thursday, November 8, at 5 p.m.

Dr. Ruscio served as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) for two terms and is an accomplished scholar in the study of democratic theory and public policy. He was elected Washington and Lee's 26th president in March 2006.

Dr. Michael Harvey, Chair of the Business Management Department at Washington College, said, "We organized this lecture to celebrate the College's 225th anniversary, to celebrate our ODK circle's 70th anniversary, and to spread awareness at WC about the value and the joy of studying leadership from a liberal-arts perspective."

Dr. Harvey noted that leadership was very closely linked to the liberal arts at Washington College and an integral part of its mission.

"Leadership is the ultimate liberal art. It requires an understanding of history and culture, the ability to communicate orally and in writing, the ability to understand and work with many different kinds of people, and above all, imagination, empathy and ethical integrity."

He emphasized the importance of students getting involved in leadership activities and said that "college is the critical time when students have the freedom to think beyond relatively narrow career boundaries. College is when students can expand their horizons, 'play' with ideas and experiences, and grow in intense and meaningful ways."

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission to "Leadership and the Liberal Arts" is free and open to the public.

November 7, 2007

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