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Larry Spears '78 Appointed Servant Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga U

August 24, 2010

Larry Spears 2010-1.jpgAugust 24, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Larry C. Spears, a world renowned scholar in the field of servant leadership and 1978 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed the Gonzaga University School of Professional Studies' inaugural Servant Leadership Scholar.  The university announced the appointment today.

"We are so honored to have Larry Spears teaching in our leadership programs at Gonzaga, and newly appointed as the Servant Leadership Scholar for Gonzaga University in the School of Professional Studies," says Professor Shann Ferch, chair of Gonzaga's doctoral program in leadership studies. "His years of collaboration with the doctoral program in leadership studies have culminated in this appointment and we could not be more pleased."

"Spears has been affiliated in multiple ways with Gonzaga University and its many leadership programs for the past three years, teaching undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students," notes Gonzaga's announcement. "He has illumined the life and work of Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of servant-leadership, by publishing hundreds of articles, essays, newsletters, books and other publications on servant-leadership worldwide. Spears is president and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc., founded in 2008. He served for 17 years (1990-2007) as president and CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Greenleaf coined the phrase 'servant leadership' in 'The Servant as Leader,' a 1970 essay he published."Larry C Spears 2.jpg

Spears has authored more than 10 books on servant-leadership, including the bestseller Insights on Leadership. An English (literature) major at DePauw, he received a Community Leadership Award from his alma mater in 2008.

Spears, states Professor Ferch, has "given readers, writers, and practitioners a profound depth of wisdom, practical application, and soulful understanding on a leadership way of life that has begun to unseat the traditional command and control leadership methodologies and in turn evoke in society the capacity for self-transcendence and individual and collective responsibility across all spectrums of human endeavor."

Larry Spears says, "I am deeply grateful and honored by this appointment; and, I look forward to deepening my engagement with the Gonzaga community in the coming years, through my new role as Servant-Leadership Scholar."

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