Baylor University Poage Library

Annual Lecture Brings Former Ft. Hood Commander to Campus


On April 11, Chet Edwards hosted the annual Poage lecture with Lt. Gen. Paul Funk (Ret.) in a discussion on Leadership and Lessons Learned from a Decade of Conflict. The program in Bennett Auditorium drew a standing-room-only crowd of students, faculty, veterans and ROTC cadets. Gen. Funk met with Army ROTC cadets prior to the lecture. Air Force ROTC students served as ushers.

Gen. Funk spoke candidly to the crowd, emphasizing leading with respect, modeling desired behavior and being tenacious. "Treating all those whom you are privileged to lead with dignity and respect is the first rule of the best leaders I have known, according to Funk. In all cases, set the example you want to imbue - don't expect folks to just do what you tell them to do, if you are not setting the example by your actions. Tenacity is the first characteristic I look for in leaders and it is tied to courage whether on the battlefield or in daily life. Never give up!"

Funk also underscored the importance of caring for the people you lead, be it in the military or civilian world. Similarly, Gen. Funk told the audience that being true to oneself and standing up for your cause is both admirable and necessary in leadership. Gen. Funk mixed wisdom with anecdotes from his days of service.

"It was an honor for me to present and to participate at Baylor, and I am grateful for the courtesy I was shown at your great University," remarked Funk.