2009 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
Gene Kranz served as the flight director for several Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing and the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. Mr. Kranz graduated from Parks College of Saint Louis University in 1954 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. After graduation he was commissioned in the US Air Force and flew high-performance jet fighter aircraft, including the F-80, F-86, and F-100. In 1960, Mr. Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group and was assigned as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He assumed flight director duties for all Project Gemini Missions, and was the branch chief for Flight Control Operations before being selected as division chief for Flight Control, where he continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. In 1983, Mr. Kranz was assigned as director of Mission Operations, with responsibilities for all aspects of mission design, testing, planning, training, and spaceflight operations. He retired from NASA in 1994 after 37 years of federal service. Mr. Kranz was a co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Nixon for the Apollo 13 mission, and was designated a Distinguished Member of the Senior Executive Service by President Reagan.
Dr. Howard Prince is the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chairholder in Ethical Leadership and the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point who also holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University and a Ph.D in psychology from UT Austin. Additionally, he is an Olmstead Scholar who studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, and a graduate of the US Army's War College.
At three very different institutions of American higher education, the United States Military Academy, the University of Richmond, and the University of Texas at Austin, Howard Prince has been the focal leader in developing groundbreaking programs of leadership education and leadership development. At West Point, Howard was the founding chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, now a premier department at West Point. At The University of Richmond, Howard was the founding Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the world's first undergraduate degree granting program in leadership. And at UT Austin, Howard Prince, as director of the CEL is playing a central role in UT's efforts to develop ethical leaders for Texas and beyond.
After over 28 years of service in the United States Army, Howard Prince was advanced to the grade of Brigadier General and presented the Distinguished Service Medal. His other military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Bronze Star for service, two awards of the Purple Heart for Combat wounds sustained in the Viet Nam War, the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
More recently, in 2006 Howard Prince was named a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the highest honor given to a graduate of the United States Military Academy. In the comprehensive and laudatory narrative explaining Howard Prince's life work in developing ethical leaders for the nation, the nominating committee gave Howard Prince a high compliment by referring to him as a national treasure.
Priya Haji is the CEO and co-founder of World of Good, a company dedicated to building ethical shopping experiences with mainstream retail partners, including Whole Foods and eBay. Since the company began in 2004, it has created online and offline distribution channels for thousands of artisan producers in the developing world. Through the more than 1,200 retail locations across the country and a brand new online marketplace, her company has had an impact on the lives of more than 25,000 individuals in over 70 countries around the world. In 2007, Priya received a Social Innovation Award from the Social Venture Network for her vision to change the way the world does business. Prior to founding World of Good, Ms. Haji was co-founder and Executive Director of Free at Last in East Palo Alto, a national model program to address substance abuse related issues. With $10 million in special investments and a team of 60 the organization grew to offer services reaching 3,000 people per year. For her work with Free at Last, Priya was recognized by the DoSomething Foundation, MTV and Mademoiselle Magazine as one of America’s Ten Most Outstanding Young Leaders. She has an undergraduate degree from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Donna Brazil is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army currently serving as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the United States Military Academy (USMA). She graduated from the USMA in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and she also holds a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. COL Brazil has served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the United States and overseas. She served in the 53rd Transportation Battalion in Kaiserslautern Germany, the 7th Transportation Battalion in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and the 541st Maintenance Battalion in Ft. Riley, Kansas. She taught Leadership and Group Dynamics in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy from 1992-1995 and returned as the director of the Military Leadership Course in 2001. In 2003, COL Brazil served with the Office of Military Cooperation---Afghanistan as part of a team of advisors assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defense in establishing the Afghan Military Academy. COL Brazil currently serves as the Director of the Psychology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
Barry Posner is Dean of the Leavey School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. He joined the faculty in 1976 and served previously as Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Managing Partner, Executive Development Center, before being named Dean in 1997. He is also the co-author of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book: The Leadership Challenge. Barry currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the San Jose Repertory Theatre and EMQ Family & Children Services. Barry received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree from the Ohio State University in public administration, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and administrative theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Santa Clara he has received the Dean's Award for Exemplary Service, the President's Distinguished Faculty Award, several Extraordinary Faculty Awards, and other teaching and leadership honors.