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Continuing Studies to offer spring course on leadership

STANFORD -- Former vice presidential candidate James Stockdale and Stanford head football coach Bill Walsh will be among the lecturers in a five-week course, "Perspectives on Leadership," to be offered this spring by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

The course will explore the nature of leadership in a variety of fields. Gerald Dorfman, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will oversee the course, and each week a member of the Stanford community will share his or her leadership experiences and perspectives.

Lecturers, in addition to Stockdale and Walsh, will be John W. Gardner, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service; Wolfgang Panofsky, director emeritus and professor emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; and Condoleezza Rice, associate professor of political science.

Gardner served as secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1965 to 1968, and subsequently founded the organizations Common Cause and Independent Sector. He is the author of several books on education and leadership.

In addition to his teaching and research at SLAC, Panofsky was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee under Eisenhower and Kennedy and a member of the General Advisory Committee to the President under Carter. He is the chairman of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences.

Rice served in the Bush administration as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and as senior director for Soviet affairs for the National Security Council. She accompanied the president to U.S.-Soviet summits in Malta, Washington and Helsinki, as well as on trips to Poland and Hungary, and was deeply involved in the formulation of U.S. policy toward the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.

Retired Vice Admiral Stockdale, who served in the U.S. Navy for 37 years, was shot down on his second combat tour over Vietnam and spent eight years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He subsequently received the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and in 1992 served as vice-presidential running mate for H. Ross Perot, the independent candidate for president.

After serving as head football coach at Stanford in 1977 and 1978, when he took the team to two bowl games, Walsh became head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, a post he held from 1979-1988. During Walsh's tenure as head coach, the 49ers won three Super Bowl victories and six NFC Western Division titles. Walsh returned to Stanford in 1992 and led the Cardinal to a 10-win season and the Blockbuster Bowl championship. He was elected to the Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

The class will meet from 7 to 8:50 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 7-May 5, on the Stanford campus. For registration information, call (415) 725- 2650.



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