From 2012 through 2019, Dave Reed
served as the Leadership Committee Chair for the UNF Student Affairs
Community Council. The committee provided counsel and support to the
leadership institute's director. Throughout these years, Dave championed
a vision of leadership becoming a tenet of UNF identity, and of the
institute collaborating across the university and community in
Dave also participated in numerous
institute events as an emcee, speaker, and moderator. He worked on the
institute’s custom textbook for the Introduction to Leadership
course (LDR3003), including editing and writing, cover design, and
online curricular deployment. Upon invitation to teach the course, Dave
became a Taylor Leadership Institute Instructor and Faculty Partner.
He teaches, as well, in the Coggin College of Business.
Dave’s leadership experience spans
top corporations to his own businesses in the music, television, and
promotions industries. Regarding his scholarly interests in leadership,
Dave says, “Theory brings systematic examination and explanation—even
measurability—to skills and experiences we otherwise consider in
subjective, incomplete terms. Still, where theory is ink drying on paper,
reality is leadership playing out in everyday practice—two
very different things.”
Dave’s leadership teaching
philosophy echoes the sentiment, as he speaks of the personal development
of UNF students.
“We must wholly prepare
students to become the future leaders of our workplaces, communities, and
homes. To neglect such purposeful training is to abandon the university’s
first duty to society. Little in life can substitute for
exemplary character and extraordinary capableness. My work at Taylor
Leadership Institute centers on the realization of these ideals through
combined scholarship and personal development”.