Impact Newsletter Fall 2012

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W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER The Power of Visionary Leadership by Brian A. Farkas '13 United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented the 2012 Deil S. Wright Lecture, "Leadership in Service," on November 1. The 75th leader of America's Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary Mabus is responsible for an annual budget of $160 billion and a workforce of approximately 900,000 people. Secretary Mabus was clear that one of the most critical components of strong leadership in today's world is vision. He said, "Vision is about conceiving what could be, while being informed by what has already been." A fourth-generation Mississippian, Secretary Mabus grew up in the small town of Ackerman. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His military experience included a two-year tour in the Navy as a lieutenant junior grade aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock. He served as Governor of Mississippi from 1988 to 1992 and as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994 to 1996. Secretary Mabus emphasized the di!erence that one person's leadership can make by providing an example that struck close to home for the audience. He pointed out that in 1960 North Carolina and Mississippi were almost identical in terms of a number of economic and socioeconomic conditions. "That year," he continued, "you elected Terry Sanford as your governor, and Mississippi elected Ross Barnett. Barnett stood in the schoolhouse door at Ole Miss " I have always believed that dedicating one's life to the common effort of advancing our democracy and making life a little better each generation is the noblest of all callings." —UNC President Emeritus Bill Friday continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 Harry Jones Receives Hayman Award 5 New Scholarships Announced at Dean's Dinner 7 True Carolina Blue: Jenifer Della Valle 8 Global Reach of a Carolina MPA Education 10 Life Events 12 MPA Students Establish ICMA Chapter Secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus presented the 2012 Deil S. Wright Lecture on November 1 at the Paul Green Theatre. D O U G L A S P I T T S P H O T O G R A P H Y

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