Kofi Annan ’61—founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner—returned to his alma mater on May 7. During Annan’s visit to campus, the college unveiled the newly renamed Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in recognition of Annan’s global leadership and dedication to peace. “It all started here in 1959 when I was a student,” he said at the unveiling. “The values and lessons I picked up here stayed with me throughout my life.”

Later that afternoon, he spoke with President Brian Rosenberg in the Leonard Center Fieldhouse in front of a large crowd of Mac community members. Their conversation featured Annan’s reflections on his own journey, current global challenges, and strong leadership. “A good leader must, above all, have good judgement, a keen sense of what is right and what is wrong,” he told the audience. “Leadership is about service. It’s not about the individual who is the leader. Good leaders must also be good listeners.”

May 9 2018

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