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Clark College News and Events

July 12, 2010

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921


  Learning through History: 
Today’s Students.  Tomorrow’s Leaders.

On Wednesday, July 14, Clark College
will present a “Legacy of Leadership” workshop as part of the region’s new Center for Leadership Excellence

VANCOUVER, Wash. —  A superb general who was also a man of peace.  A name that defines leadership and integrity around the world. 

Clark College will highlight the career of General George C. Marshall during a “Legacy of Leadership” workshop on Wed. July 14.  The session, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver.  The workshop has been designed for students ages 12-19.  It is the latest offering from Clark College’s Center for Leadership Excellence, a community leadership project led by Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Historic Trust and the Youth House.  

Speakers will include Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith, Fort Vancouver National Trust President & CEO Elson Strahan and Clark College President Robert K. Knight.  Instruction will be provided by the Youth House’s Elizabeth Hill and Ryan Belisle.

Todd Oldham, Executive Director of Corporate and Continuing Education at Clark College, said, “Leadership is undeniably one of the most important qualities a person must have in order to be successful in the professional world. This workshop will give students the opportunity to identify with George C. Marshall as they examine his life and career as a historic example of leadership excellence.”

According to Oldham, the session will feature interactive presentations, discussions, and learning exercises. Students will also focus on five of George C. Marshall's effective leadership qualities: candor, selflessness, commitment, integrity and courage.

General Marshall served as commander of the Vancouver Barracks from 1936-1938.  He was Army Chief of Staff during World War II.  His Marshall Plan for global economic recovery following World War II has been described by historians as “an enduring model of compassion, vision and statesmanship.”


  Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith, Fort Vancouver National Trust President & CEO Elson Strahan and Clark College President Robert K. Knight will be speaking from 9:00-9:20 a.m.

At this time, 20 students are registered for the event.  They will be coming from

Battle Ground (3), Brush Prairie (1), Camas (1), La Center (1), Vancouver (13), and Washougal (1).


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