If You Live by the Sword. Enjoy!
A memoir of a dual caree
r in politics
and university leadership that spans over 30 years; focuses on four states and Washington, D.C.; highlights personal and professional battles and struggles; reveals the consequences of independence and moral courage in a conformist culture; illustrates the tumultuous results of mixing politics and higher education; reflects on the evolving American political history from 1937 t
o 2003 with linkages to the author's political socialization, intellectual development and career; and co
essages about proper and improper executive, faculty union and board behavior, and a
bout the clash of imperatives between the s
tate and the university.
"Dr. Lawrence Pettit has proven that sometimes truth is more fascinating than fiction.His truthful, first-hand account of lifein politics and academia is a powerful account of the people, events and policy-making that touch us all. His “read to believe” stories of political and academic life provide a rare window through which modern politics and higher education can be better viewed and understood. They are stories from which we can all learn a great deal."
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Joy LaClaire, Host/Producer, Forthright Radio, Mendocino, CA
"The IUP chapters should be required reading foranyone who aspires to be Chancellor of the SSHE, a President of any public university, an administrator at IUP, or a faculty union leader...
Willard W. Radell
Dr. Pettit and former Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate,
and 1996 Presidential candidate, Bob Dole.
Dr. Pettit and Congressman John P. Murtha at the dedication
April 6, 2015 | Legislative rhetoric suggests that someone has instructed those eccentric folks on the extreme right that if they yell “tyranny” when public policy disagrees with their biases, or if they regard government regulations on behalf of the health, welfare and safety of the public, or for a sound and just economy, as “government takeover,” such language will betray a sick mind.
April 8, 2014 | In its most recent decision, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the five-man conservative Republican majority on the Supreme Court of the United States removed any doubt that it is hell-bent on rubbing out traditional American democracy
April 4, 2014 | Today’s New York Times has an article about yet another United Nations report, warning of the real dangers of climate change, and the urgency for reducing greenhouse gases. This raises the question: can any sentient person still deny the reality of climate change?
March 20, 2014 | I noted your story about the county Republican Party barring Republican congressional candidate Drew Turiano from its annual dinner. The issue is Turiano's racist comments. County chair Jennifer Owens is quoted as saying, "There simply is no room for racists in this party."
January 16, 2014 | The Jan. 12 op-ed by Jonathan Zimmerman, reprinted from the L.A. Times, is right about the hegemony of football in college sports, but it is superficial in two regards. First, the mention of Title IX neglects to add that of the three standards for compliance the courts have used only the most strict, creating needless problems for universities, and effectively eliminating some of the options Zimmerman claims exist under the law.
With Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) at IUP, March 21, 1994
Dr. Pettit with Chad Hurley, Co-founder & CEO YouTube, March 2007
Dr. Pettit with Nancy Pelosi, Pittsburgh, 2004.
With former President, George H. W. Bush, in 1985