Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Dr. Hazel R. O'Leary Visits Motlow
March 30, 2012
Dr. Hazel R. O'Leary, president of Fisk University, recently addressed students, faculty, staff and guests at Motlow's Moore County campus. Invited to speak in recognition of Women's History Month, Dr. O'Leary said she would never turn down the opportunity to talk to young people and an audience interested in higher education.
She addressed the topic of national policies on education focusing on community colleges. Her presentation focused on leadership, particularly service leadership, and how scholars and leaders can be cultivated from settings like Motlow. She stressed, "To be a good leader, you have to be a good listener, critical thinker and have a servant mentality."
Dr. O'Leary is a lawyer, an educator, and a successful business woman. She has served in the administrations of two U.S. presidents. Of all of her experiences, she said nothing has challenged her more than being the president of a university. She shared her belief that only a teacher can affect generations of people and the greatest reward of all is the success of students.
The adage of 'learning by example' was well demonstrated by Dr. O'Leary. The audience at Motlow experienced a woman, nearing retirement, stressing the importance of being a lifelong learner- as she held her iPad. Her visit was summarized with the advice, "Set a strategic plan for your life and know that work is hard, it never goes away. Work at something you love and have passion for what you do."