Civility in America, Vol. II

New Essays from America’s Thought Leaders

As civility appears to crumble around us and our society, people are thinking seriously about how they contribute to decorum, respect and courtesy in their work and in their lives. They are asking themselves if they do enough, and they are seeking a forward-looking answer that means civility will be better served tomorrow than today, and even better the day after.

Such thought and resolve are major steps in assuring that civility remains one of our core values, and that we always advance its cause in our words and deeds. The 12 distinguished, successful people who have shared their views with the world in this book foster civility in the course of their daily interactions. They are leaders who set the bar high for us all.

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Fay Vincent
Allan E. Goodman
Edward T. Reilly
Georgia M. Nugent
James Cuno
William Bratton
Thomas J. Donohue
Georgette Mosbacher
Joel Klein
The Hon. Rick Perry
The Hon. Olympia Snowe
Ernie Anastos
Introduction by
Robert L. Dilenschneider


Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938) is a former corporate  lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992. Vincent played football and baseball as a young man, and was a promising college football player when a near fatal accident in college resulted in a broken back and paralysis.

His roommate in a prank locked him inside his Williams College dorm room.  He climbed out to the roof to escape, but slipped off a fourth floor ledge.

Vincent spent many months in the hospital and with physical therapy was eventually able to walk again. But Vincent’s mobility has never been fully regained and he uses walking supports.

Vincent is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School, Williams College, (class of 1960), from which he graduated with honors, and Yale Law School (class of 1963). Vincent was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Caplin & Drysdale for 10 years before becoming president and CEO of Columbia Pictures Industries.

In 1988 he joined his good friend Bart Giamatti in Major League Baseball and became the Commissioner when Giamatti suddenly passed away in 1989.

Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 250 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. Since its founding in 1919, the Institute has also rescued scholars threatened by war, terrorism, and repression. Rescued scholars and other alumni of Institute-administered programs have won 68 Nobel Prizes.

Edward T. Reilly has been the 17th President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Management Association International since June 2001.  He is also the Editor of the successful book, “AMA Business Boot Camp,” which has been translated and published around the world. AMA ( is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. AMA directly interacts each year with over 100,000 executives and managers in the U.S. and around the world through its renowned management education seminar programs. It publishes many newsletters, research papers and a quarterly management journal.  AMA produces hundreds of webcasts and podcasts that reach over a quarter million managers around the world. Through its publishing arm, AMACOM, it publishes over 50 books per year and is allied with publishers in over 25 countries.

Ed previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of integrated marketing and advertising services. Prior to joining Big Flower Holdings, he spent more than 25 years with the book publishing and broadcast groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Currently, Ed serves on the following Boards: Member and immediate past Chairman of the USO World Headquarters Board of Governors; Fellow of the International Academy of Management; Member of the U.S. Advisory Board of IESE Business School – University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain;  Fellow and past Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts in the U.S..

Ed Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College, New York and attended the Stanford Executive Program.

Georgia Nugent, a Classics scholar, was the President of Kenyon College from 2003 to 2013 and later a Senior Fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges. Ms. Nugent has held administrative positions at Princeton University and been a professor of Classics at Swarthmore College, Princeton University and Brown University. A member of the first class of women to graduate from Princeton, she later became the first alumna appointed to Princeton’s faculty. She took her Ph.D. in Classics at Cornell University. Ms. Nugent, who has received numerous teaching awards, speaks frequently on issues of higher education leadership, as well as the relevance of the Greek and Roman Classics to contemporary society.

James Cuno has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at The J. Paul Getty Trust Inc. since August 2011. A national and international museum leader and scholar, Mr. Cuno was president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago before joining the Getty. Prior to directing the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the director and professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, from 2003 to 2004; the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums and professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard from 1991 to 2003; director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, from 1989 to 1991; director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, from 1986 to 1989; and assistant professor of art, Vassar College, from 1983 to 1986. Mr. Cuno serves as a Director of After School Matters, Inc. Mr. Cuno received his A.M. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Harvard in 1980 and 1985, respectively; an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Oregon in 1978; and a B.A. in History from Willamette University in 1973.

William J. Bratton was appointed the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second time he has held the post.

Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime in the 1990s. As Chief of the NYC Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and in his first term as NYC Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and achieved the largest crime declines in the city’s history. At the NYPD in 1994 and 1995, he led the development of Compstat, the command accountability system now used by police departments nationwide. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with innovative police programs. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of the nation’s two largest cities.

A Vietnam veteran, Bratton began his career in 1970 as a beat cop in the Boston Police Department, receiving its top award for valor in 1976 for facing down a bank robber and rescuing a hostage. By 1980 became Superintendent of Police, the BPD’s highest sworn position.

A noted author, commentator, and consultant, Bratton holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He was a Senior Executive Fellow in Criminal Justice and a member of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s National Executive Session on Policing. For his collaborative efforts U.S. and British police forces, he was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe.

During Donohue’s tenure, the Chamber’s lobbyists, policy experts, legal advocates, and communicators have helped secure business victories on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in politics, in courts of law and in the court of public opinion, and before governments around the world.

In an era of economic and fiscal challenges, Donohue has aggressively advanced the American Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda, a plan that includes expanding trade and domestic energy production, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, combating an avalanche of new regulations, protecting intellectual property, revitalizing capital markets, and reforming entitlements and the tax system.

Donohue has also spearheaded the creation of the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a positive, long-term program to defend, protect, and advance the free enterprise system. A signature project of the campaign is Hiring Our Heroes, which identifies job opportunities for tens of thousands of returning military veterans and spouses.

Under Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber has emerged as a major political force in races for the Senate and the House of Representatives. As part of this bipartisan effort, millions of grassroots business advocates, as well as the Chamber’s federation of state and local chambers and industry associations, mobilize in support of pro-business candidates.

Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which advances significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges. In addition, he has dramatically expanded the activities of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the Chamber’s law firm, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Previously, Donohue served for 13 years as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the national organization of the trucking industry. Earlier in his career, Donohue was deputy assistant postmaster general of the United States and vice president of development at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Born in New York City, Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He holds honorary degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, Marymount, and Bradley universities, as well as the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. He is a 2013 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. Donohue and his wife, Liz, have three sons and five grandchildren. 

Georgette Mosbacher, born in Hammond, Indiana, has a BS Degree from Indiana University, and honorary doctorate degrees from Bryant College and the International Fine Arts College. She is the Chairman and CEO of Borghese, Inc., and former owner & CEO of La Prairie, both global personal care companies, the latter she sold to Beiersdorf, Inc.

She is on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, The Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum, and The Fallen Heroes Fund, and the advisory boards of Brasilinvest, RUSI International, The Dilenschneider Group. She is founder of the New York Center for Children, and served for a decade as New York State’s Republican National Committeewomen. She has served as member of the US Advisory Board for Trade Policy and Negotiations (Presidential appointment) and as a New York Commissioner of Racing (Gubernatorial Appointment) and Trustee of the New York Hudson River Park Trust (Mayoral Appointee). She has authored two best-selling books: Feminine Force and It Takes Money Honey: A Get Smart Guide to Total Financial Freedom. She is dedicated to our military veterans and their families, to women and children issues, and the furtherance of public private partnerships to solve societal problems.

Joel Irwin Klein is an American lawyer and school superintendent, and was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. While there he led system-wide transformations that resulted in significant increases in student performance. Under Joel’s leadership, high-school graduation rates in the City rose 20 points—an increase of more than 40 percent.

A fifth generation Texan, Governor Rick Perry has taken an extraordinary Texas journey, from a tenant farm in the rolling West Texas plains to the governor’s office of the Lone Star State.

Texas’ 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor’s Mansion, Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office.

Governor Perry’s administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classic conservative values.

During his tenure, Governor Perry has maintained a strong focus on fiscal discipline, becoming the only Texas governor since World War II to sign budgets that reduced general revenue spending. He has used his line item veto to scrub more than $3 billion in budgeted spending, while encouraging investments in the building blocks of a prosperous state: the economy, education and security.

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine in 1969.  With her election in 1994, Olympia became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine, following the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who served from 1949 – 1973. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote, and served until her retirement in 2013.

Before her election to the Senate, Olympia represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years.  Former Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than any other person since World War II.

Ernie Anastos is a distinguished author and Emmy-award winning news anchor for New York City’s popular FOX 5 News at 6 pm. He is a champion of promoting more positive news in all aspects of broadcast journalism.

He is a dynamic Hall of Fame Broadcaster with a remarkable record of achievement. Ernie has won more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations, including the prestigious Lifetime Emmy Award and the Edward R. Murrow award for broadcast excellence. The New York Times has described him as “the ubiquitous anchorman” who has captured the love and respect of all New Yorkers.

As a seasoned anchor and reporter, Mr. Anastos has covered major stories throughout his career. On September 11th, he anchored award winning news coverage of the World Trade Center attacks. He has traveled to Cuba, meeting with Fidel Castro and produced a series of special reports on the anniversary of the Cuban revolution. Ernie has also reported on an official pastoral trip traveling to the war-torn countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua.


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