April 25, 2008
Dr. Walter Fluker to deliver Commencement Address

Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce that Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, will deliver the commencement address during commencement exercises being held May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Williams Physical Education Center.

At Morehouse College, Dr. Fluker also serves as Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies and is currently serving as interim director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Since 1992, he has served as editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project. Under his direction, the Center has developed into a preeminent academic center for the study and practice of ethical leadership in national and global venues.

He is currently engaged in expanding a multi-faceted international leadership project in South Africa in partnership with The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, the United States Department of State and the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University.

Known as an expert in the theory and practice of ethical leadership, Dr. Fluker is a featured speaker, lecturer and workshop leader at foundations, businesses, corporations, religious institutions, colleges and universities as well as consultant to both national and international organizations. In his consulting practice, he works with professionals and emerging leaders in both the public and private domains.

"I met Dr. Fluker in Salzburg, Austria, at the 22nd International Studies Program. He stood out in a crowd of 45 very capable faculty and administrators as someone with a very thoughtful and informed approach to life and learning. His considerable experience in working with many different organizations on ethical leadership issues means that he will provide our graduates with a wonderful message that clearly relates to Lees-McRae College's mission of 'inspiring and enabling individuals to contribute to a changing society with integrity and civic responsibility' as they move to the next stage of their lives," said Dr. Fiona Chrystall, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Effectiveness and Associate Professor of Environmental Science.

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