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Citadel News Service
5 Sep 2005

Citadel Leadership Forum begins a new year

Leaders in business, industry and the media will highlight this year’s Citadel Leadership Forum speaker’s series. Created in 2002, The Citadel Leadership Forum focuses on leadership and ethics in the lives of businesses and organizations. All events begin at 5:45 p.m. in Duckett Hall Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Monday, Sept. 26
Guest: Ted Dintersmith on “Ethical Leaders and New Ventures”
Dintersmith is a partner with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Boston and in Silicon Valley. Ted has more than 17 years of experience in venture investing, focusing on software, information services, direct and web-based marketing, and publishing companies. He is currently a director of several early-stage companies, as well as serving on the board of directors for the National Venture Capital Association. In the past, Dintersmith was ranked by independent industry analysts as the top performing venture capitalist in the United States from 1995 to 1999.
Before his career in venture capital, he was general manager of the Digital Signal Processing Division of Analog Devices, which he directed from the start-up phase to a leading position in a rapidly-growing sector of the semiconductor industry. His work experience also includes two years as a Congressional staff assistant, where he contributed to science and technology policy.

Dintersmith earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, concentrating on mathematical modeling and optimization theory. His undergraduate degree is from the College of William and Mary, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in physics and English. Dintersmith, his wife, and two young children, recently moved to Charleston, S.C., where he serves on several Boards and Foundations. He has also led discussions in The Citadel MBA program on Charles River Ventures.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Guest: Peter C. Browning on “Reflections on Leadership”
Browning has a wide range of experience in business. Beginning as a sales trainer, he spent 24 years with the Continental Can Co., last serving as executive vice president – operating officer. He joined National Gypsum Co. in 1989, where he first served as president of the Gold Bond Division, and then in 1990, was elected president, chairman and CEO of National Gypsum Co., seeing the company through and out of bankruptcy.

Browning joined Sonoco Products Co. in 1993 where he last served as president and CEO, before retiring in 2000. In September 2000, he was elected to the position of non-executive chairman of Nucor Corp. In 2002, he was appointed dean of the McColl Graduate School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte where he served until retiring in 2005. He is a member of the Board of Directors for several corporations and in the fall of 2004, Board Alert Magazine selected him as one of eight “Outstanding Directors of the Year.”

A graduate of Colgate University, Browning earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1976. The Harvard Business School prepared a case study regarding his success in effecting changes at Continental’s White Cap Division. A case study has also been written on his experience at National Gypsum for use at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of North Carolina. Peter and his wife, Kathy, have four children and four grandchildren.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Guest: Bernadine Chuck Fong on “Leadership is not Rocket Science; It is More Than That”
Fong became the first woman and fifth President of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Cali., in 1994. Foothill has an enrollment of 19,000 students and is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Fong began her career at Foothill College as a professor in psychology and child development. She also co-authored two textbooks in these fields.

Fong served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, has been visiting professor and scholar at Stanford’s School of Education, and is vice-chair of the University’s Board of Trustees Minority Alumni Relations Task Force. She was chair of the board of the American Association for Higher Education and also serves on the boards for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Academy of Art University, John W. Gardener Center for Youth and Communities, SCT Corporation Executive Advisory Council and the American Institute for Foreign Study Board of Academic Advisory. She is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and ACE and was named “Phenomenal Woman” for 2002, the Chicago’s Harold Washington College.

Fong received her bachelors, master, and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is married to Herbert H. Fong and they have two children and a collie, the son of the current (9th generation) Lassie.

Thursday, Oct. 27
Anderson D. Warlick will speak on “Political and Business Leadership in the Deregulated Trade Environment.” The event will take place at 5:45 p.m. in Duckett Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Warlick is the president and CEO of Parkdale, Inc., the world’s largest independent produce of cotton and cotton-blend yarns. He is considered to be one of the most innovative leaders in the textile industry.
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