Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education



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To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, volume 12, 1993.


In 1990, a great many POD Network members were saddened by the news that a colleague, friend, and long-time POD member, Robert Pierleoni, (Bob to most of us) had suffered a fatal heart attack. While Bob had served on the CORE Committee two terms, and had been Co-chair of the Delavan, Wisconsin, conference at Lake Lawn Lodge in 1985, and had been a loyal member from early years, the loss of his presence in POD was one felt keenly as a result of something that many of his friends referred to as his "spirit" of being a "POD'er". He was a sharing, caring kind of person who cheerfully volunteered for needed tasks whether there would recognition for his contribution or not. He was the kind of person who personifies the nature of this field of faculty development in a very real way.