Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues is establishing a series of programmatic events dedicated to the theme of leadership in an age of uncertainty. This new initiative is grounded on the reality that today’s generation of Dickinson students confronts a large number of intractable political, economic, and social problems: terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution, global warming, a sustainable energy policy, the ongoing financial crisis, the federal deficit, the amount of public and private debt, the health care crisis, along with issues regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as technology and privacy. These issues and problems directly or indirectly pose challenges to the College and the local community that may in time require fundamental changes in institutions, values, and practices across the public, private, and non-profit sectors of American society. How Dickinsonians respond to these challenges presents us with an opportunity for reflection on the meaning of leadership in the contemporary world.

Tom Ridge – "Constitution Day Address"

Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium – 5:00 p.m.

The annual Constitution Day Address was established by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues in 1995. Each year a prominent public figure is invited to speak at Dickinson College on contemporary issues as they relate to the constitution.

A reception will follow the lecture from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Holland Union Building.
Letter of invitation or Dickinson ID required.

Constitution Day
“Constitution and Citizenship Day” is normally celebrated every September 17, the day that the United States Constitution was ratified in 1787. It is intended to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and celebrate the founding ideals of the United States. The idea for Constitution Day began in 1939, when newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst advocated for the creation of a holiday to celebrate citizenship. In 1940, the United States Senate passed a resolution to designate the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.” In 1952, President Harry Truman changed the name of the holiday to “Citizenship Day” and moved the date to September 17. A 2004 amendment by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia changed the holiday’s name to “Constitution and Citizenship Day,” and also mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions educate students about the history of the Constitution.

The Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address

The annual address is endowed through the generosity of Winfield C. Cook, former Dickinson Trustee. Each year The Clarke Forum invites a prominent public figure to campus to speak on a contemporary issue related to the Constitution. The event celebrates the United States Constitution at the same time that it commemorates Dickinson’s connection to it. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, founded the College, which was chartered in 1783, just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution. The College was named after John Dickinson, one of the 39 men who signed the new Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 and who fought for its ratification under the pen name of Fabius. Previous Constitution Day speakers include Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, Kenneth Starr, Mary Jo White, Nadine Strossen, and Geoffrey Stone.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Thomas J. Ridge became the nation’s first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and later the country’s first Secretary of Homeland Security, a fourth call to public service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Secretary Ridge’s leadership and vision were instrumental in creating a border-centric agency that developed and coordinated a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats and attacks in the United States.

Before that service, Secretary Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. His aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, job growth, education, health care and environmental protection.

Born in Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley, Secretary Ridge was raised in a working-class family. He later earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.

Secretary Ridge now serves as the president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international strategic advisory firm, headquartered in Washington, DC. He also serves on public and private boards, including the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and is currently the chairman of the National Organization on Disability and national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
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Peter Anderson, Esq. ’73


Metzger-Conway Fellow,
Treasurer of ServeHAITI

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Haiti

(Part of The Clarke Forum’s series on “Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty”)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will focus on the cultural and economic challenges to providing healthcare to poor Haitians in the rural and mountainous region of Grand Bois. In particular, the talk will address the subtle causes of infant mortality and specific issues regarding women’s health.

Topical Background

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It was the first black republic to declare its independence in 1804 and since then it has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. After the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004, a provisional government was established under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This provisional government was charged with organizing new elections and in May 2006 Haiti inaugurated its first democratically elected president and parliament.

According to the Haiti Micah Project, a nonprofit Christian organization committed to addressing the needs of impoverished and uneducated street children in Haiti, the following bullet points provide a snapshot of Haiti’s condition:

•        The government is not able to provide the resources to educate the nation’s next generation.

•        The unemployment rate is over 80%.

•        More than half of Haitians live on less than a dollar a day.

•        There are few paved roads, inadequate supplies of potable water, minimal utilities, and depleted forests.

•        About 60% of the population lives in abject poverty.

•        Less than 20% of Haitians age 15 and over can read and write.

•        Fewer than 75% of children attend school.

•        40% of the Haitian population does not have access to primary health care.

•        The United Nations estimates 6% of Haitians are infected with HIV/AIDS, which is the highest rate of infection in the Western Hemisphere.

•        An estimated 30,000 Haitians die of AIDS every year.


Biography (provided by the speaker)
Peter Anderson, a partner in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group, has practiced in the securities regulatory and enforcement arena for approximately 30 years. His practice involves representing public companies, their officers and directors, along with financial services, accounting and law firms and their principals in SEC enforcement actions, Department of Justice investigations and criminal prosecutions, and complex civil litigation. Peter also represents brokerage firms, broker-dealers and individual brokers before the Securities and Exchange Commission, all self-regulatory organizations, and state securities regulators and attorneys general in investigations relating to supervision, suitability, sales practices and insider trading. Peter frequently conducts investigations at the request of audit and special committees of the boards of directors of both public and private companies. Such representations have included investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, stock option backdating, securities sales practice abuses, financial reporting fraud, and financial defalcation. Peter writes, speaks and lectures regularly on securities compliance, regulatory and enforcement issues, accountant liability, and corporate governance. His securities litigation experience includes the defense of multi-district class actions, as well as the defense of financial services and accounting firms in more than 40 federal and state jury trials and in numerous complex securities arbitrations.

Peter’s principal outside interest and passion is his involvement in ServeHAITI, a 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization that provides medical care and treatment to people residing in the mountains of Haiti through the operation of a medical clinic and a water purification program. Peter is ServeHAITI’s treasurer and a member of its board of directors.

Representative Experience
Examples of Peter’s extensive litigation experience include the following:
• Was appointed in May 2008 by the U.S. District Court in Florida, at the request of the SEC, and continues to serve as Receiver over North American Clearing Inc., a financial brokerage entity.
• Represented one of the four Arthur Andersen engagement partners of Enron in connection with the SEC and DOJ investigations. The partner was neither charged by the SEC, indicted by DOJ, nor caused to lose his CPA licensure status.
• Represented a Deloitte & Touche partner in an SEC investigation into financial fraud at Just For Feet Inc. The partner was not charged by the SEC, although the firm and other professionals settled.
• Represented the Chairman and CEOs of Witness Systems Inc. and Scansource Inc. in connection with SEC investigations of stock option backdating. Neither was charged by the SEC.

Dr. David Nash

Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University

Real Reform — Real Leadership

Nash PosterThursday, September 10, 2009

 (Part of The Clarke Forum’s series on Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty)
The Depot, 7:00 p.m.

The United States needs real leadership to tackle the health care system’s core problems: its cost, its poor quality, its limited scope, along with pernicious incentives that pervade the entire system. Dr. Nash will provide a leadership roadmap to confront these issues.

Topical Background
Healthcare reform has recently become a heated topic of debate in American politics. President Obama made improving the quality and coverage of healthcare, while reducing its costs, a key goal for his presidency. The Obama Administration seeks to ensure affordable healthcare coverage for all Americans, reduce wasteful practices in medical and administrative offices, improve patient care, and invest in the prevention of illness and disease. The reform of American health insurance and medical practice proves to be a divisive issue, as seen by the boisterous and well attended town hall meetings and protests across the nation.

Arguments for Healthcare Reform:
• 47 million Americans are uninsured.
• The U.S. is falling behind in world rankings for health indicators including life expectancy, overall performance, and preventable deaths, while leading in per capita healthcare cost ($7,421 in 2007).
• Many Americans are denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or are dropped by their health insurance company after a condition arises.

Arguments against Healthcare Reform:
• A government-funded healthcare option may drive private insurance companies out of business.
• Reform may cause an increase in rationing of healthcare and a decline in quality.
• Americans’ choice of coverage may be limited by government plans and regulations.

Healthcare reform options:
• Public Option – the addition of a government-funded and government-run healthcare option that will cost less than private insurance, allowing more American’s to afford coverage
• Single-payer System – a government agency funds all health care costs (such as in Canada and the UK)
• Healthcare Cooperatives – an alternative to private insurers and the public option. These cooperatives are run and owned by the people they insure.

Biography (provided by the speaker)Nash Picture

David Nash is the newly appointed founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nash is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and this endowed professorship is one of a handful of such chairs in the nation. The appointment as the founding dean culminates a nearly twenty-year tenure at Jefferson.

Dr. Nash, a board certified internist, founded the original Office of Health Policy in 1990. Thirteen years later, the Office evolved into one of the first Departments of Health Policy in an American medical college. In 2008, the board of Jefferson University approved the creation of the new school. The Jefferson School of Population Health represents the first time a health-sciences university has placed four masters programs under one roof, namely a masters in Public Health, Health Policy, Healthcare Quality and Safety and Chronic Care Management. The goal of this innovative school is to produce a new type of healthcare leader for the future.

Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement; his publications have appeared in more than 100 articles in major journals. He has edited nineteen books, including A Systems Approach to Disease Management by Jossey-Bass, Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer by Aspen, The Quality Solution by Jones and Bartlett, Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century by ACPE, and most recently, Governance for Healthcare Providers by Performance Press. In 1995, he was awarded the Latiolais (“Lay-shee-o-lay”) Prize by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for his leadership in disease management and pharmacoeconomics. He also received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997 and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006, he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009, Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award.

Repeatedly named by Modern Healthcare to the top 100 most powerful persons in healthcare list, his national activities include the membership on the board of directors of the DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, Chair of an NQF Technical Advisory Panel, membership in the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Institute and a recent appointment to the ACP Clinical Guidelines Project – four key national groups focusing on quality measurement and improvement. He continues as one of the principal faculty members for quality of care issues of the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality. He serves on the board of the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI), the Medicare QIO for Pennsylvania. For the last decade, he has been a member of the board of trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio – one of the nation’s largest integrated delivery systems and he chaired the board committee on quality and safety. He recently was appointed to the board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. Finally, he now also chairs the Highmark Blue Cross Board Quality Committee in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors including the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (a group he has chaired for the last decade), and numerous corporations within the pharmaceutical industry. He is on the board of directors and advisory board of multiple healthcare companies. From 1984 to 1989, he was deputy editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, at the American College of Physicians. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of four major national journals including P&T, Population Health Management, Biotechnology Healthcare and the American Journal of Medical Quality. Through his writings, public appearances and his digital presence, his message reaches more than 100,000 persons every month.

Dr. Nash received his B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he was recently named to the alumni council, and his M.B.A. in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and medical director of a nine physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Esther J. Nash, MD, fraternal twin twenty-one-year old daughters, and eighteen-year old son. He is an avid tennis player. Please visit: http://jefferson.edu/population_health/ and his new blog at http://www.nashhealthpolicy.blogspot.com.
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Derek Hathaway

Recently Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harsco Corporation

Derek Hathaway Poster

Rush Aard

Leading With Integrity

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m

Topical Background
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 80% of Americans believe that the moral values of our country are getting worse. Scandals and corruption in government, healthcare, law and many other sectors of our society appear to have eroded public confidence both in public and private institutions. Government scandals from both sides of the aisle have scorched the nation’s trust in the elected leadership of our government. Access to quality, trustworthy health care also remains an important issue as 59% of the country believes that the U.S. healthcare system has “major problems.” In our legal system, two-thirds of lawyers report having knowledge of “bill-padding” among their colleagues, while 55% of lawyers themselves report billing for unnecessary work. The crisis of confidence is even more obvious in the business sector.

Only three out of ten Americans reported in a recent poll that they believe Wall Street will make the right decisions regarding the current recession. In addition to a general mistrust of Wall Street, recent multi-billion dollar scandals involving business leaders, such as those involving Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford, have also outraged the public. These events highlight a great desire for a financial system based on integrity which is the steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. For one to act with integrity means to act consistently with what one says is important. When the leaders of an institution exhibit integrity not only do they show moral rectitude, but they also allow for their organization to prosper due to an increased climate of trust.

About the Speaker

Derek Hathaway retired in 2008 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Harsco Corporation, one of the world’s leading industrial services companies with businesses in construction, steel, energy and railways. During his time at the Harsco Corporation, he oversaw the growth of the company’s market capitalization from $250 million in 1994 to over $5 billion in 2008.

Prior to his role at the Harsco Corporation, Hathaway, a native of the United Kingdom, founded a firm that manufactured industrial heating units in Birmingham. Six years later, when his company went public and was acquired by Harsco, he moved to the United States to work at Harsco’s headquarters near Harrisburg, PA.

In addition to his corporate success, Hathaway has served on numerous boards of public corporations and charitable institutions. He has special interests in health care, education and the administration of the law. In 2008, Hathaway was honored for his work by Queen Elizabeth II with the Order of the British Empire. He has also been awarded the celebrated Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Hathaway also addresses young entrepreneurs and business students about business philosophy.
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What’s Wrong with Public Service? A Challenge for Higher Education

All-Day Conference Co-Sponsored by the University of Maine and Dickinson College

Monday, February 23, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room
Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

In the context of recent proposals to create a public service academy, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a public service career and the role higher education plays in preparing students for the challenges of such a commitment?

Conference Schedule
Public Service Conference Schedule

Co-sponsored by Betty R. ’58, and Daniel Churchill.
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Liberal Arts Education, Leadership and Business Management

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
2005 Rush Award
Liberal Arts Education, Leadership and Business Management
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Liberal Arts Education

Issue in Context
Marvin Suomi of the Kajima Corporation once said “Somehow we have failed miserably in communicating to students and parents the importance of a well-rounded education in the business world. Today, perhaps more than ever, we need the depth of perspective that a liberal arts education can bring to decision making, product development, leadership, and other dimensions of business.”

Based on Mr. Suomi’s statement, one can easily begin to understand how much the business world has evolved in just a few decades. In the past, there was a clear bias within firms where specialized education was strongly preferred to liberal arts education in terms of background for employment. However, as the job market has evolved, so have the criteria for employment. Increasingly, firms are looking for individuals who exhibit skills in problem solving, the capacity for cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to place key decisions in broader social and historical contexts.

As more corporations become multi-national, the demand for liberal arts educated analysts in the business world continues to soar. The value of better understanding of human nature and culture, and the capacity for ethical, values-based decision making within a changing environment have become key attributes that today’s employers seek. Today’s evolving society and labor-market now require a balance between specialized and liberal education.

About the Speaker
Lawrence A. Bossidy was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell International Inc. on July 3, 2001. Mr. Bossidy had served as Chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal from 1991 to 1999, when he became Chairman of Honeywell following the historic merger of AlliedSignal and Honeywell in December, 1999. He retired from the company in April 2000. He is credited with transforming AlliedSignal into one of the world’s most admired companies, whose success was largely driven by an intense focus on growth and Six Sigma-driven productivity. During his tenure with AlliedSignal the company achieved consistent growth in earnings and cash flow, highlighted by 31 consecutive quarters of earnings-per-share growth of 13% or more. Before joining AlliedSignal, Mr. Bossidy served in a number of executive and financial positions with General Electric Company, which he joined as a trainee in 1957. He was Chief Operating Officer of General Electric Credit Corporation (now GE Capital Corporation) from 1979 to 1981, Executive Vice President and President of GE’s Services and Materials Sector from 1981 to 1984, and Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of General Electric Company from 1984 to July 1991.

Mr. Bossidy was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Colgate University.