Lessons in Leadership
6 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012
Date Written: 2003
At 11:50 p.m. on May 8, 2003, Professor Luz Nagle called me at home. "Darby, I've been called back to Gary's house. I think we're probably within an hour…. His breathing is not good." "Okay," I responded, "call me, no matter the hour."
That final call came at 1:10 a.m. on May 9; Professor Nagle made this call as well. "Gary just died." "Was it peaceful?" "Yes, it was."
May 9, 2003. The day of our Honors and Awards ceremony. The day before commencement, at which we were to honor Dean Gary Vause for his twenty-eight years of extraordinary service to Stetson University College of Law.2 May 9, 2003. Much too soon. Even after two months, it is still hard to believe that Gary is gone. He had so much left that he wanted to accomplish. High on that list was the anticipated completion of the new Tampa Law Center and Campus, which he had spent a large portion of his deanship ensuring would become a reality. Although Gary did not live to see that day, he has left us with a powerful spirit. He also left us with some lessons in leadership that we should not forget.
Keywords: leadership lessons, Gary Vause, lead by example, institution comes first
JEL Classification: K19
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