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Villanova Kicks Off New “Spotlight on Leadership” Speakers Series with Talk by Famed Investigative Journalist/Author Bob Woodward

“Leadership Lessons from Nixon’s Wars to Obama’s Wars” is the topic of a Feb. 14 presentation that is open to the public

VILLANOVA, Pa., February 10, 2011 – Villanova University announced the launch of a new “Spotlight on Leadership” Speaker Series, which kicks off February 14 with a presentation by Washington Post associate editor, preeminent investigative reporter, and journalism icon Bob Woodward. The talk, open to the public, will explore “Leadership Lessons from Nixon’s Wars to Obama’s Wars.” It will be held from 4:30 -5:30 p.m. in The Villanova Room of The Connelly Center on the University’s Main Campus.

The Spotlight on Leadership Lecture Series is a new initiative sponsored by the University’s Office of Student Development that will focus on leadership education outside of the classroom.

“Bob Woodward is a journalism icon and a well-known leader in his profession and we are thrilled to have him share his insights on leadership with the Villanova University community. This inaugural Spotlight on Leadership event serves as an important moment in our leadership programming at Villanova University,” said Ralph Gigliotti, assistant director of student development for leadership programs.

Woodward, famed for his Pulitzer Prize winning investigative coverage of the Watergate Scandal and the September 11 attacks on the United States, has also co-authored 16 national bestselling books. In his talk he will discuss the leadership successes and failures of presidents from Nixon to Bush, offering lessons that can guide President Obama in his administration. Some of the issues examined will include: what President Obama must do to lead in the current political climate; what history can teach President Obama in his decision making; and where presidential administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues.

Tickets, subject to availability, can be purchased for $5 by visiting: A book signing will be held immediately following the presentation with a limited amount of copies of  Woodward’s, Obama’s Wars available for purchase.