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Chapter Twelve: Paul Quinn College’s Michael J. Sorrell: A Case Study in Servant Leadership and Urban Renewal (Amanda Washington / Levon Esters / Marybeth Gasman)
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Paul Quinn College’s Michael J. Sorrell
A Case Study in Servant Leadership and Urban Renewal
AMANDA WASHINGTON, LEVON ESTERS, AND MARYBETH GASMAN
Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college that was founded on April 4, 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas. Today, the college boasts accolades that praise everything from its student leadership style to its institutional motto. Many of Paul Quinn College’s accomplishments are the result of its faculty, students, and the dynamic leadership of President Michael Sorrell. Since 2007, under the presidency of Sorrell, Paul Quinn College has grown substantially. His leadership has focused on entrepreneurship, empowerment, and student engagement. With the implementation of the institutional ethos, “WE over me,” President Michael Sorrell has proven that his unique leadership style is helping to revitalize Paul Quinn College while also instituting innovative and strategic developments for the small college’s continued progress and evolution (Conrad & Gasman, 2015).
President Sorrell’s motto of “We Over Me” is emblematic of the core principles of servant leadership, which emphasize increased service to others, a holistic approach to work, promoting a sense of community and the sharing of power in decision-making (Greenleaf & Spears, 2002; Spears, 2004; Spears & Schmader, 2014). Sorrell’s commitment to the art and practice of relationship management has been effective in creating a culture at Paul Quinn where...
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