Monmouth University political science professor and dean of the Honors School, Dr. Kevin Dooley, served as the keynote speaker at the Ranney School’s Upper School Fall Convocation on November 22, 2011 in Tinton Falls, NJ. The theme for this year’s convocation was “Leadership and Ethics in Politics.” Dr. Dooley spoke about how the mission of higher education can and must inspire civic responsibility and an overall understanding of the relationship between leadership and ethics.
Upholding the school’s longstanding tradition of hosting a prominent keynote speaker at Fall Convocation, Dr. Dooley has enjoyed outstanding success in the fields of comparative European politics, globalization, and ethics in international relations. He is the author of Politics Still Matters: Globalization, Governance, and the Revival of Regional Minorities(2008) and co-author with fellow Monmouth University colleague Dr. Joseph Patten, of the book Why Politics Matters: An Introduction to Political Science (2012). Dr. Dooley left all seniors with one simple request — that when looking at colleges or universities, they choose a higher educational facility that strives to benefit society at large as well as to educate the entire human being.
The 2011 Fall Convocation concluded as Dr. Dooley and the seniors continued their ethical discussion over an intimate and informal lunch in the Searle Library. As a sign of appreciation for Dr. Dooley’s strong leadership skills within various positions at Monmouth University, and as a show of thanks for his participation at Ranney’s Fall Convocation, he was also presented with a $1,000 check toward the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.