A few sample commendations and recommendations from colleagues and associates:
Chris has had a very meaningful impact on the literature not only through his many keynote speeches and presentations but also through articles and books. His recent book, Leadership in Educational Facilities Administration, should be required reading for all administrators in this area and would be a very appropriate reading assignment in an MBA or MPA program. To be honest, when I served as provost at Iowa State University, I believe Chris was as prolific in getting important articles published as some of our top faculty. His nominator lists most of his significant contributions to the literature.
Chris has raised the standards of planning theory and practice for all universities by demonstrating the impacts of high quality, thoughtful planning models at Iowa State University. He walks the talk. He is a leader – a level 5 leader in Jim Collins' Good to Great classification of leadership. His division at Iowa State University won numerous awards from various planning and quality organizations including the Malcolm Baldrige Award. In addition, many universities sent representatives to witness firsthand the impact of his leadership and planning models. He had impact through the demonstration of how his organization was transformed by the application of very effective planning and leadership principles.
In closing, I can say that I personally benefitted from interacting with Chris. When I was dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University, Chris was critically important in making our new business building a reality. Without him, I don’t think it would have happened. He helped the process by his careful and strategic use of his planning skills and models. In addition, when I moved on to central administration at Iowa State University, Chris and I continued to meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of quality and planning issues related to the university. In reflection, one reason he has had such an impact on people who know him and who have read his materials or listened to him speak, is that he really is an excellent teacher and scholar. He studies, explores, experiments, and shares. That is a true scholar.