Baxter Ennis, a Harnett County native, will hold a book signing for his new book, “When Leadership Mattered: Inspiring Stories of 12 People Who Changed the World” Sunday, July 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Coats Museum.
Mr. Ennis, a graduate of Coats High School, received his bachelor’s degree in history from Campbell University in 1975 and his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. While serving as the 82nd Airborne Division’s public affairs officer, he participated in a combat parachute jump during the Panama Invasion and also served with the division during the First Gulf War.
After his military career, Mr. Ennis led the public relations department for a major university and later started his own newspaper. He served as president of the Chesapeake (VA.) Rotary Club, the Virginia Beach Forum, and chairman of the Hampton Roads Leadership Prayer Breakfast. He is active with his church, veterans’ affairs and local politics.
In his book Mr. Ennis writes, “Great leaders can be found anywhere, from the battlefield to the boardroom to a basketball court.”
The leaders in his book “refused to bow to the tyranny of the status quo, and with tenacity, boldness and an unshakable sense of the rightness of their cause, challenged the inevitable.”
He concludes saying, “Anyone challenging the status quo will face adversity and hopes that these stories of perseverance and tenacity will convince you that one person can change the world!”
He and his wife, Glenda, live in Chesapeake, Va. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.