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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. '43 Visiting Professorship - Class Lecture Series

The Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. ’43 Visiting Professorship in Leadership and Ethics was established in 2008 as one of the elements of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. The Gottwald Professorship is embedded in one of VMI's academic departments in order to provide a variety of disciplinary perspectives on leadership and ethics. In addition to teaching courses in the curriculum relating to ethics and leadership, the incumbent presents a lecture on a topic relating to the theme of ethical leadership to one of the four classes of the Corps of Cadets.

Dr. Andrew Young 2015 Gottwald Visiting ProfessorThe 2015 Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. '43 Visiting Professorship in Leadership and Ethics is Dr. Andrew J. Young '74.  Dr. Young worked in the biology and physical education departments under the aegis of their exercise science program.  He taught a course in operational and environmental physiology and a course titled Developing Human Nutritional Strategies.

Dr. Young specializes in research concerning the biological basis for, and strategies to mitigate, performance degradations in people exposed to stressors such as intense physical exertion, sleep restriction, nutritional deprivation, and exposure to extremes of heat, cold, and high altitude.  

Monday, April 20th, Dr. Young delivered his talk ‘Human Performance Challenges in Extreme Environments: How Leaders Can Make a Difference’ to the VMI 2nd class and larger VMI Community which was open and free to the public.

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2015 Gottwald Lecture Flyer Dr. Andrew young

We learned: (download booklet complete with images and illustrations)

• What to anticipate from human behavior and responses – including the biological science
• How to mitigate those potential issues in order to lead in extreme conditions such as: Extreme physical exertion, Extreme heat or cold, Sleep deprivation or High Altitude

Area of Expertise:
Performance degradations in people exposed to stressors

Brief Bio:
Dr. Andrew Young, Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. ’43 visiting professor
• Chief of the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass (retired)
• Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
• Editor-in-Chief for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Previous Lectures and Available Downloads of the Presentation:

2014 Ed Walker

You Can Improve the World You Live In – Just Step Up to the Plate
Dr. Paul V. Hebert ‘68
December, 2013

Morality, Honor, and Brotherhood
Dr. William Lad Sessions
November, 2012

Citizen Soldiers of the First Rank
Lt. Gen. John W. Knapp '54, Superintendent Emeritus
April, 2012

Professors: Eccentric & Exceptional
Lt. Gen. John W. Knapp '54, Superintendent Emeritus
April, 2011

Our Triumvirate
Lt. Gen. John W. Knapp '54, Superintendent Emeritus
April, 2010

The Military Virtues
Dr. Lewis Sorley
April, 2009