An academic leader must be committed to students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and the community around the clock, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. I would have never been able to maintain the relentless schedule of social and professional interactions required for the job to be well done without the loving, enthusiastic, willing, and capable participation of my best friend and wife, Ernestine. I thank her for providing love, joy, understanding, and support during the best and worst of times.

Special thanks go to my dear friends Dr. Cathy and Mr. Tom Hall. Their friendship, encouragement, and involvement were a major force in bringing this book to fruition.

Last, but not least, I want to express my appreciation to ...

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