By John Sutherland, University Communications

Christopher Howard

PULLMAN, Wash. – A university president whose resume includes a Rhodes scholarship, Bronze Star and the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award presented to a college football player, will visit the Washington State University Pullman campus Tuesday, Oct. 24, to share his insights about cultivating leadership skills.

Christopher Howard, the president of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, will deliver the inaugural address in the WSU Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series at 4 p.m. in the CUB Senior Ballroom. Howard’s address, “Eight Ways to Accelerate Your Leadership Odyssey,” is his playbook for developing character-based leadership skills — skills applicable to anyone, in any field, at any time, he says.

Strengthening diversity and leadership

The lecture series is part of WSU President Kirk Schulz’s commitment to strengthening the culture of diversity and leadership at the university’s campuses. “We want to create not only a more diverse university, but a university that creates more leadership and career advancement opportunities for men and women of color,” he said. “One way to do that is by bringing outstanding leaders such as President Howard to campus to talk about their life and career journeys.”

Howard also will speak about the importance of leadership development opportunities during visits with groups of administrators, faculty, staff and students while he is on campus.

The new lecture series is co-sponsored by the WSU Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Office of the President.

RSVP for priority seating

Individuals and groups, including student clubs, may reserve priority seating online for the address. Admission is free. To learn more, visit