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ASU’s Interim President Teaches Leadership Course

Original Publish Date: 
September 5, 2014

Special To The Metro

The fall semester is in full swing on college campuses throughout Southwest Georgia. At Albany State’s campus, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9:50 a.m., the busy schedule of Interim President Dr. Art Dunning comes to a standstill.

Telephone calls and meetings are put on hold as the university’s CEO becomes a professor and heads to a class held in ACAD 187. There, 22 students assemble to hear his take on leadership and decision making with news issues weaved into the lesson plan. Dunning teaches a course called, “The Foundations of College Success.”

During week 3, the instructor lectures about the “12 Tips for Academic Success” and begins class with a request. “Everybody take out a sheet of paper,” which typically means it’s quiz time. Students are asked to write the main points they gleaned from a reading assignment. Dunning then leads a discussion about several basic principles of leadership: preparedness, organization and being on time. “I want to help our young people to be a success and share some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years that have proven to be successful in my life,” said Dunning who is continuing a time honored tradition of ASU presidents teaching the introductory freshman course.

“I think it feels great because I’m getting information from his point of view about success. I’m very inspired,” said Janeyah Berry who’s taking the class. “We’re learning a lot from him. It’s not boring. He’s interesting,” said Dionna Riley. According to Dr. Melvin Shelton, director of the ASU Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, the objective of the course is to equip students with critical thinking skills and teach them the importance of ethics and responsibility. 

Photo Caption:  ASU Interim President Art Dunning teaches students leadership and decision making skills during his class.