Servant-leadership scholar to address ECU forum

An internationally known scholar in servant-leadership will address the 2012 Leadership Forum, scheduled for Oct. 25 – 26 at East Carolina University.

Larry C. Spears will deliver the keynote address Oct. 25, following a 6 p.m. dinner in the atrium of the ECU Heart Institute.


Spears is the inaugural servant leadership scholar at Gonzaga University and president/chief executive officer of the Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership. He served for 17 years as president and CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Greenleaf coined the phrase “servant-leadership” in a 1970 essay.

The forum theme is “Servant Leadership: A Natural Fit for ECU.” Faculty and staff will present best practices for helping ECU achieve its vision of becoming the Leadership University.

Registration begins Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the ECU Heart Institute and at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms. Lunch will be served on Friday.

The forum is sponsored by the Office of the Leadership Collaborative, housed under the Office of the Provost.

Attendees should pre-register by Oct. 19 by e-mailing Rebekah Rogers at