Baylor Professor To Inspire Students To Be Leaders

Sept. 30, 2009

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Dr. Mary Darden, author, consultant and adjunct lecturer for Baylor University, will present "Leadership in Contemporary Social Issues" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in room 120 at Morrison Hall on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the second lecture in the Leadership Lecture Series, hosted by the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement at Baylor. The Academy hosts many lectures throughout the fall and spring semesters for students within the Academy to get engaged in leading today's society.

The focus of Darden's lecture will be to motivate students through her personal experiences of accepting leadership responsibility relating to social needs. Darden will discuss her role in initiating Katrina disaster relief efforts, building relationships between various races and researching women college presidents and the attributes to their success.

Darden hopes to inspire students to be leaders through "the stories I will tell.

"I can put bulleted points on the board all day long, but it's the stories that students will remember," said Darden. "Each of us will be called into leadership in our lives. The responsibility of the world is in our hands, especially Baylor students since they have more time to make a difference."

Darden earned her doctorate in educational administration from Baylor. She served eight years as a college administrator for McLennan Community College. From Darden's work as an administrator, she received the National Exemplary Community Service Award from the National Council of Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

Darden complied her years of experience and knowledge of higher education by publishing Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America.

The Leadership Lecture Series devotes each lecture to one of the Academy's leadership concentrations: leadership and contemporary social issues; leadership in public life; leadership in the Church; and leadership through private enterprise. Presenters in the series will discuss a critical need in the given area of focus and the Christian leadership qualities required to meet that need.

For more information on the Leadership Lecture Series, visit the Academy's website www.baylor.edu/leadership.

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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