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Best-selling author to speak at CMU

John Bacon will meet with leadership students

Contact: CMU News

Award-winning author, speaker and college instructor John U. Bacon will speak at Central Michigan University at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. His speech, titled “What I've Learned About Leadership From Walgreens, Cirque du Soleil, Michigan Football and My Own Failed Hockey Career,” is free and open to the public.

He is the author or co-author of six books on sports and business, including “Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership,” which became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business best-seller and “Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football,” which debuted at No. 6 on The New York Times best-seller list.

Bacon’s most recent book, “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football,” was released in September 2013.

Bacon teaches at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. His teaching focuses on sports writing and college athletics.

While on campus Bacon will visit with several CMU leadership classes and will speak to students. The speech is part of the Leader in Residency speaker series presented by the leadership minor program in the recreation, parks and leisure services administration department in conjunction with the Leadership Institute and Leadership Council.

Bacon also will hold a book signing after his evening speech and is available for media interviews by contacting Jamie Brown at or 989-774-2611.

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