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Former president author of ‘how-to’ book on leadership

Former Washington State University President, Glenn Terrell, has published “The Ministry of Leadership: Heart and Theory,” a “how to” manual for successful leaders.

“On virtually every page of this useful book you will get that rare treat: leadership wisdom grounded in and extracted from experience,” said Warren Bennis, professor of business at USC.

As president of WSU from 1967 to 1985, Terrell faced challenges of higher education from student activism to dwindling government funds for state-funded universities.

Readers are given an insight into Terrell’s persona throughout his tenure and how those experiences related to his goals and accomplishments at WSU. Terrell shares his leadership narratives, his respect for the students, faculty, regents and the people of Washington state. The reader will come to appreciate Terrell’s purposeful vision, sense of humor and the ability to see the goodness in others.

“Anyone who loves Washington State University will find this book irresistible,” V. Lane Rawlins wrote in the foreword. “Others interested in administration or leadership will be impressed with the countless examples of courage, forbearance and vision.”

Terrell’s memoir is 14 chapters accounting the establishment of the WSU Foundation, campus unrest, alumni-student relationships, and laced with pictures from his 18-year presidency. The book “provides valuable advice on how to create an ideal vision and how to grow from controversy,” said Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., president of Gonzaga University.

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