Leadership Lecture Series Will Present Lecture on Leadership in Contemporary Social Issues

April 8, 2011

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Dr. Frank Shushok Jr., associate vice president for student affairs and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech University, and Dr. Blaine McCormick, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor University, will lecture as a part of the annual Leadership Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture series, hosted by Baylor's Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement, is presented in the fall and spring to inspire students to get involved in leading today's society.

Shushok and McCormick will introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society.

Shushok received his bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1991, his master's degree at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993 and his doctoral degree in higher education policy at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, Shushok served as dean for student learning and engagement and assistant professor of higher education at Baylor from 2004 to 2009. He has published numerous works in peer-reviewed publications and taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. He also is involved with the National Association of Personnel Administrators, serving on the editorial board for the journal of student affairs research and practice.

McCormick is a nationally recognized scholar on the business practices of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison and is an award-winning professor at Baylor, where he teaches the first-year business course to almost 500 students each semester.

Before joining the Baylor faculty, he worked in Dallas and Plano for ARCO Oil & Gas Company as a human resource management professional. He is interviewed frequently across all forms of media including The New York Times, CNN, public radio and ABC World News Tonight. His latest book, "Ben Franklin: America's Original Entrepreneur, a modern language version of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin," was called one of the best business books of 2005 by Library Journal.

The Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement was established in 2004 by the Division of Student Life at Baylor University. Each semester the Academy devotes its lectures 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.

Hankamer School of Business is at 1428 S. Fifth St.

For more information, visit http://www.baylor.edu/leadership/index.php?id=70136.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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