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Leader Guide: A Message From the President

Dear Ram Family,

This leaders’ guide outlines the direction we will take at Angelo State University as we grow and develop leaders to assume roles of increasing responsibility throughout your careers.

“No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You, must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” - Warren Bennis

I have been blessed to have several role models in my life that made a significant impact upon me. Each one has given me a strong sense of purpose and focus on being a leader who is constantly aware of leadership challenges we all face. For me, that means following the framework Warren Bennis identified in the quote above. We must give everyone the opportunity to live and work in an environment that allows them to grow, develop, and thrive. It means empowering others to assume the highest level of responsibility they can attain, and then preparing them for the next level. It is through this type of development that we will create career opportunities for individuals, and build leadership depth for our university, community, and beyond.

Our Vision at Angelo State University

  • By the end of this decade, ASU will be known as an innovative leader in driving educational, cultural, and economic initiatives to meet the needs, face the challenges, and grasp the opportunities for our region, state, and the global community.

Being an innovative leader is how we want the university to be recognized. Having the influence to create new and better ideas, while moving toward positive results is our vision. This requires us to have leader development programs available for everyone within the Ram Family who aspires to help accomplish our vision.

I encourage you to consider being a part of this initiative. You are part of our journey to create a sustainable, values-based culture. I have no doubt that we will make our vision a reality for us and future generations to come. Remember – if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.


Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., Lt Gen (ret), USAF
Angelo State University