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William Peace University President Participates In Leadership Roundtable For WALTER Magazine

By William Peace University on March 21, 2013 5:28 pm

Dr. Debra M. Townsley Discusses Leadership Alongside
Other Area College And University Presidents

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president, recently participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by WALTER magazine on leadership alongside other independent colleges and universities based in Raleigh that are overseen by female presidents. Beside Dr. Townsley, the WALTER panel was comprised of Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College; Dorothy Yancy, Ph.D., president of Shaw University; and Dianne Boardley Suber, Ph.D., president of St. Augustine University.

With a focus specifically on higher education, the roundtable panelists shared their perspectives on how to teach leadership, how they themselves learned skills associated with the topic and how the city of Raleigh is playing a role in the creation of tomorrow’s leaders. Additionally, Townsley and her presidential counterparts evaluated the role of diversity in higher education and the learning curves throughout their professional career that assisted them in their approaches to education. The full discussion is available in the March issue of WALTER magazines at newsstands or online at http://www.waltermagazine.com/a-leader-is-four-college-presidents-on-lessons-learned-and-taught/.

“Being adaptable and transformational to change is critically important in effective leadership,” said Townsley. “What we have to realize is that change is the constant and, in order to be successful, we have to keep that in mind. Equally important is understanding that the most successful leaders are those who are good followers, as doing both is essentially important and interchangeable. If we can teach students that now, we are setting them on the path to success in the future.”

William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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