An American Dream Comes True

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An American Dream Comes True (a community college president's memoir) is about the creation of opportunities for improving lives.
The challenges and successes at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in launching this institution of higher education is the substance of this publication. This work revolves around three worlds; the years of dedicated community effort to establish this two-year college; thousands of lives changed for the better ...
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Overview

An American Dream Comes True (a community college president's memoir) is about the creation of opportunities for improving lives.
The challenges and successes at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in launching this institution of higher education is the substance of this publication. This work revolves around three worlds; the years of dedicated community effort to establish this two-year college; thousands of lives changed for the better through this college; and a career destiny of the author that led to his being the founding president.
No adversity, no hardship, nothing, if opposed by the human will can hold captive permanently the human spirit. This college became a way out of disparagement for many individuals, a new opportunity for others, and fulfillment of life-long dreams for thousands of students in northwest Arkansas. This publication is the story of how these things came to be.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881443240
  • Publisher: Yorkshire Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/20/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Generally, I have found memoirs to be a tad indulgent. But this book was different. How you might ask? The author, Dr. Burns, spoke with a genuine candor and an openness that was quite refreshing. For one, he shared freely about ideas he had tried to implement that, frankly, did not work. Additionally, he shared ¿Things I would have done differently.¿ Most would have omitted these items, but the author¿s inclusion offers the reader a transparent and real perspective. Burns is open and authentic, which garnered my respect. I wanted to know him more. <BR/><BR/>The author¿s background, which is important to this story, as his life¿s pathway was marked with poverty, created a yearning that began to burn in his heart at a very young age. This yearning was a belief in life¿s possibilities and opened his eyes and heart to a world of promise. It was the conception of a life commitment, as a young man, to help others in their own life journeys and ultimately birthed a community college.<BR/><BR/>The story is told with such vividness that I felt myself there. I could see the two-room house with a lean-to kitchen, at the end of a dirt road. The author¿s account continues, as he tells of living without electricity the first twelve years of his life and growing up in a family where no one else had ever attended college. Yet, there was a sense of family encouragement and love, where his dream was allowed to grow and thrive.<BR/><BR/>Through education and a lot of very hard work, the author¿s journey eventually led to the position of founding president of NWACC. His goal? To help others rise above life¿s circumstances, just as he had, through quality, higher educational opportunities.<BR/><BR/>The author¿s appreciation for the many who invested and made this venture possible, is obvious. I was struck by the many grants and donor contributions made, which ranged in everything from scholarships to construction. The author goes into great detail, listing the names of those who volunteered or invested time to bring the dream to fruition. No stone was left unturned, no detail omitted. There were even a few names readers will recognize, which include former President Clinton , who was initially serving his term as Governor at the time, and Governor Mike Huckabee.<BR/><BR/>In our current culture where so much abuse takes place, I was also impressed with the responsible nature with which Burns applied the funding he received to build the college. One such example was shared with a trip to the state surplus store in Little Rock, where desks, filing cabinets, pencil holders, coat racks, used typewriters, adding machines, and many other items were obtained for the classrooms and offices. There was no waste.<BR/>Burns was frugal and conscientious to the point of returning these items back to Little Rock for yet another state agency to utilize. <BR/><BR/>Aside from this very thorough account in history, I could see this as a great read for entrepreneurs everywhere! For those with that entrepreneurial mindset, I would recommend a review of The Ten Principles of Organizational Administration on page 55, which represents the concept by which the author managed the college.<BR/><BR/>As for me, I was touched by the power of a tiny spark, in the heart of a young boy, which ultimately became a living dream come true. If you are looking to be inspired, this story will take you there. In this book, An American Dream Comes True, the author¿s anthem is clear -- there is potential in every life, no matter the past.

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