Business students learn leadership from the Marines

February 9, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Major General Robert C. Dickerson, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East at Camp Lejeune, N.C., gave Campbell business students a few lessons in leadership, Marine Corps style, at the spring convocation ceremony for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Dickerson instructed the students to be less concerned with the bottom line and more concerned with people. "You have to be involved with the people you work with, know each other and care about each other," Dickerson said. "You have to be willing to make the same sacrifices they're willing to make." In short, Dickerson was explaining the basic Marine Corps philosophy of teamwork. "When you think of the Navy, you think of Admiral Nimitz," he said. "When you think of the Army, it's General Patton, but when you think of the Marine Corps there is a void because we take the team approach to the job. No single soldier is more important than anyone else." Dickerson's appearance and message culminated a week's worth of activities called "Business Week," sponsored by RBC Centura Bank, in which students investigated how integrity makes a difference in the corporate world. One of the events featured a panel discussion with outstanding business leaders Oscar Harris, Oscar Harris and Associates, P.A., C.P.A.; Jim Brown, director of Public and Institutional Banking RBC Centura; CPA Brad Newkirk of Dixon Hughes; Don and Evon Morrison of Ridco, Inc.; Fred Taylor, president of Troy Lumber Company; and Paul Clark, senior vice president of Wachovia Bank. Charles Frederick, regional president Personal and Business Banking for RBC Centura Western North Carolina, presented the business school with a check in the amount of $9,500 at the convocation ceremony. Major General Robert C. Dickerson graduated from Bryant College and holds a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and the College of Naval Warfare. He participated in operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Eastern Exit. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal among others. He is the commander of seven Marine installations on the East Coast.

Photo Copy: Major General Robert C. Dickerson addresses business students at the spring convocation of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.

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