Friends University Presents “Those Who Lead, Read” Series

Friends University will kick-off a new monthly speaker series Feb. 16 to engage its students and the Wichita community in a timely discussion about literacy and leadership. The series will be free and open to the public and will take place at Edmund Stanley Library on the Friends University campus. Friends will host various leaders in 2017 to discuss their favorite books on leadership, faith or organizational change.

The first to speak Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. will be Dr. David Carter, assistant professor and program director of organizational leadership and transformational change at Friends University. Dr. Carter will discuss the book I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.

Dr. Carter was a curriculum design specialist at Friends University from August 2013 to August 2016. He also was a professor at the Washburn University Leadership Institute and an adjunct professor of history at Butler County Community College. He has received numerous awards, including the Professor of the Year award from the Washburn University Leadership Institute in 2015. He is also an author who wrote a 2013 bestseller – Mayday Over Wichita: The Worst Military Aviation Disaster in Kansas History.

“Because of Dr. Carter’s experience, we know those who attend this talk will be informed and excited to read more about the amazing leadership of Malala Yousafzai,” said Dr. David Hofmeister, dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies and the Graduate School at Friends University. “The message we want to convey is that if you want to lead in society, reading is mandatory, not optional.”

For more information, contact or at 316-295-5552.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.