Steve P. Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.
A tribute by President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale
There are great books, great events, great ideas and great visionaries that move us forward as a people and change the world. Steve P. Jobs was one of the world's great visionaries of our time. His passing on Wednesday leaves a tremendous void, but his inventions and insightful words will live on and be a major source of inspiration to all who aspire to help improve the human condition throughout the world.
As we implement our Long Range Plan “Envisioning Greatness” and as we move forward with our own visionary leadership initiatives, it would be prudent for us to remember the remarks Mr. Jobs made during his 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University. He said on that occasion, “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Claflin University's commitment to preparing effective visionary leaders with global perspectives has discerning relevance and boundless potential in a world that is grieving the loss of a visionary leader whose life embodied the definition of a visionary leader.
We are very fortunate to be part of his life. May he rest in peace.