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connecting leadership and service Philip Kelly, D.A. Service is an integral part of living out Gannon’s mission, as is preparing our students for leadership in their careers, society, and churches. Members throughout the community have found that leadership and service are often inseparable. “Leadership and service connect when someone is willing to take a stand when necessary,” said Philip Kelly, D.A., Professor of English, a man who has often served wherever needed in the University. Kelly feels that serving others and being a leader in and out of the classroom comes with his job as a professor. “I never thought of my job as service,” Kelly said; “I have a profession that puts me in the position of helping others.”

Kelly has certainly done his share of helping. When he first came to Gannon in 1970 he served as the Director of the Freshman English Program, the Acting Director of Upward Bound (1973), the Ombudsman for the College of Humanities (1975), and the Director of the Open University Program (1975). These positions gave Kelly a chance to both lead and serve those around him. Most recently Kelly served as Interim Provost from Oct. 15, 2004, to July 1, 2005. His role was to provide members of the faculty with a broader perspective to refocus problems in different directions. “Almost anyone involved with leadership must be able to look at the big picture in all circumstances,” said Kelly, “and when we do that, ‘bad’ news is not as bad as it originally seems.” While taking on a role that requires leadership, Kelly says that it is important to “remain calm and rational and be honest in everything.” He quoted Mark Twain,

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