By BAILIE MYERS
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, visited Amarillo Tuesday night. After a private dinner welcoming Giuliani in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center, he delivered a speech in the civic center auditorium.
Amarillo College honors students and the AC Presidential Scholars attended the event, which was hosted by the Underwood law firm.
Alan Rhodes, a member of the Underwood firm, said the firm hosted the event to support the AC honors program and Center City in a significant way.
Rhodes said he always has read the AC Common Reader and is fond of honors students.
The event was part of the law firm’s 100th anniversary celebration.
This year, AC encouraged students to read Giuliani’s book, Leadership. The book is filled with leadership and management advice.
His book had been considered as AC’s Common Reader until it was discovered that the college would not be able to obtain enough copies.
Instead, Timothy Egan’s book, The Worst Hard Time, became the Common Reader.
During his speech in the auditorium, Giuliani gave leadership principles and advice.
“If you can train yourself to be a problem solver, boy, you’re going to be successful,” he said.
Giuliani said leadership is a subject you can study and that to be a good leader, you need to be an optimist.
He was mayor of New York when the World Trade Center towers were hit on Sept. 11, 2001.
He has been recognized as an example of how to be a good leader even when the most unexpected event happens.