Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London Delivers Commencement Address

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey

Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London spoke about leadership Friday evening when he delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2021 in the first outdoor graduation program in recent memory.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things,” said London, quoting President Ronald Reagan. “He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.”

Urging the class members to be leaders, London said leadership comes in many forms. Some leaders lead large groups, some lead small ones. “In the smallest sense, you can just lead yourself,” said London.

In addition to needing vision to set goals they want to accomplish, directions they want to take and expectations for their organization and themselves, London said, leaders must be well educated and experts in their fields. “I would advise you to lead yourself to as much education and training that you can possibly handle. No one can take your education from you.” Read More