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I confess to being a recovering middle school teacher, college professor, and university administrator having worked for more than 20 years in both non-profit and for-profit institutions. I am a Professor of Leadership in the MS in Leadership program at the University of Arkansas Grantham.


Before that, I spent 20 years in the US Air Force where I had been privileged to lead as many as 500 people as a senior intelligence systems officer and group commander. I have also managed teams in state government and owned other businesses for several years. I was once even an elected public official.


My BA is in Communications. My MSsci is in International Relations. My Ph.D. is in Leadership Studies.


My wife and I are unabashed wanderers. We both grew up in military families and have spent our lives moving around the world. We met in the military and had long and satisfying careers in the Air Force. We've been married for 40 years. We are blessed with two sons: I had the pleasure a couple of years ago of co-authoring a book with my son.


My passion is teaching leadership and in particular, servant leadership and I have always been committed to giving back to my community and the world in some way. Since 2009 I have taught leadership around the world through my association with Co-Serve International. Since 2015 I have taught Leadership, Political Theory, Ethics, and Intercultural Communication as adjunct international faculty with Jesuit Worldwide Learning.

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