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Buck Rodgers Leadership Program Established
OXFORD, Ohio -- A gift from Buck Rodgers, the IBM vice
president responsible for that company's worldwide marketing efforts until his
early retirement in 1984, is funding a new leadership program in Miami
University's Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration.
"Buck Rodgers likes to describe leadership as the ability of an individual to
motivate others to higher levels of achievement," said Daniel Short, business
school dean. "This new program is another example of what makes the Miami
business school unique. Our students learn how to make a difference in the
organizations that employ them."
Students design a voluntary, non-credit program to fit their personal goals
and participate for at least one year in a mentor program. They earn 70 hours
hours in three areas--reflection, action/community service and communication.
Because leadership development requires and understanding and appreciation of
differences, activities in these areas must also address issues of diversity in
The corporate mentor component of the program is designed to help bridge the
gap between the classroom and the workplace. Currently, 80 students and 50
mentors are involved in the program. Most of the mentors work for companies in
the Tristate area.
The leadership program is open to all business majors and minors who have
completed at least one semester at Miami. Interested students submit a letter
of application detailing their leadership activities and explaining what they
hope to learn from the program.
Debbie Hickly is the leadership coordinator for the Buck Rodgers Business
Leadership Program. She will advise students as they design their programs,
plan special activities for the program and coordinate the mentor program.
"We're really excited about the enthusiastic response we've received
from students and mentors," Hickly said. "The program is off to a great
There will be an introductory dinner on Monday, Oct. 27, for students and
mentors. Rodgers, a Miami graduate and author of "The IBM Way" and "Getting
the Best Out of Yourself and Others," will be the keynote speaker. Mentors
will attend a training session before the dinner.
For more information about the program, call Hickly at