Former U.S. chief of naval operations to speak Thursday

Former U.S. chief of naval operations to speak Thursday

The chancellor's office will welcome retired Navy Adm. Vernon E. Clark to campus Thursday to speak at the office's inaugural leadership forum.

Clark is expected to speak about the challenge of leadership and the importance of leading with vision, value and voice.

Clark, the U.S. chief of naval operations from 2000-2005, was the commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and principal naval adviser to presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush. He is currently a professor of global leadership and entrepreneurship at Regent University.

The chancellor's office worked with Michael Lee Stallard, president of the leadership consulting firm E Pluribus Partners, to bring Clark to TCU.

Stallard, the father of two daughters currently at TCU, said he thought the university could lead as an example for other universities by sharing his idea of “connection cultures.”

Stallard and his firm of speakers stress the importance of engaging people in what they do, which maximizes productivity and innovation. He said Clark is the perfect example of how this is possible.

“Clark completely changed the Navy culture, and he is a leader who truly cares,” Stallard said.

Stallard said the best part of the event would be the question and answer session after Clark’s speech where students can really get an idea of who Clark is.

Ann Louden, the chancellor’s associate for strategic partnerships, said the university would continue to bring in outside leaders to share their experiences with the TCU community.

“It gives us an opportunity to learn from people outside our own community, broadening our perspective and knowledge,” Louden said. “We must examine the struggles and challenges with our own leadership to take lessons from that to be a more effective leader.”

The leadership forum will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. Students can register at [email protected] The first 50 students to sign up get a TCU connection culture t-shirt.