University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 18 2000

Harvard Speaker to Address Four Seasons Regional Council on Monday, October 2

Athens, W.Va. - Dr. Jerry Mechling, Director of the Institute for Strategic Computing and Telecommunications at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University will address the Four Seasons Regional Council and its Technology Infrastructure Committee at noon on Monday, October 2, 2000 at the Bluefield Holiday Inn on US Route 460.

His subject will be the “Leadership in a Networked World: Eight Imperatives for the Election of 2000 and Beyond.” The presentation will focus on what leaders of public and private sector institutions should be doing to survive and thrive as we speed into the Information Age. Dr. Mechling will also address specific issues raised by members of the Four Seasons Regional Council. His visit has been arranged by Dr. Jerry Beasley, President of Concord College.

Jerry Mechling is Director of Strategic Computing and Telecommunications in the Public Sector, a research program of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He conducts sessions for the Kennedy School's executive education programs in addition to teaching STM-480: Managing in the Information Age for the graduate program. Dr. Mechling's research and consulting focus on the impacts of computer-based technologies on organizational behavior and strategy.

Dr. Mechling served as an Aide to the Mayor and Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration for Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Mayor Kevin H. White of Boston prior to joining the staff of Harvard University. He has consulted with numerous public and private organizations including federal, state, local, and international agencies and corporations such as AT&T, CBS, Cadbury-Schweppes, IBM, and Northern Telecom.

The Four Seasons Regional Council is sponsored by area chambers of commerce in Richlands, Tazewell, Princeton, and Bluefield.

The public is invited to attend this dutch-treat buffet luncheon meeting and reservations may be made by calling the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce at 1-304-327-7184 or faxing to 1-304-325-3085.

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Photo: Dr. Jerry Mechling

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