Kenneth Blanchard once said, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” This quote is completely accurate in describing my experience having leadership role with the Pierce Arrow.
I can’t believe that graduation is just weeks away. It seems like just yesterday that I came to Franklin Pierce as an eager freshman hoping to get involved in journalism. My experiences in the past four years have absolutely made an impression on me for the rest of my life. Working with the Pierce Arrow has taught me the importance of leadership, communication and the power of student media.
I didn’t know what to expect when I took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper. However, I quickly learned that without the support of a hard working staff, putting together this publication would not be possible. I was so lucky to have a large executive board and staff backing me throughout the process of sending each publication to print. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of my executive board and staff. Without all of you, there would not be a single issue on stands. Each of you has extremely unique personalities and strengths that contributed in making each and every publication a successful one. I have learned so much from working with all of you and I can’t begin to thank you enough.
I would also like to thank Fitzwater Center Director, Dr. Kristen Nevious. Without Dr. Nevious, none of what goes on in the Fitzwater Center would be possible. She taught me so much about running a newspaper and learning from past mistakes in order to grow. The countless numbers of the newspaper that she edited and fact checking, phone calls at all hours of the day definitely did not go unnoticed. I am forever grateful for everything that she has taught me and contributed to make it a successful year for the Pierce Arrow.
Even though I am sad about graduating, I know it will open doors for new beginnings. I am extremely certain that under the new leadership of incoming Editor-in-Chief, Mike Husson, the Pierce Arrow will be successful. In closing, I can’t thank those of you enough who made contributions to the newspaper this year. I will miss everyone and am extremely grateful for all of the lessons I have learned along the way.