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
Mach 25, 2013
I do not know anyone in higher education who does not accept the need for performance evaluation. Those I know also believe in accountability to stakeholders, including taxpayers who provide funding to public institutions...
Government is not a Threat
February 18, 2013
Matthew Bailey in his Feb. 6 letter asserts the Second Amendment is about only our right to defend ourselves against the “tyranny of the federal government.” People like Bailey define “tyranny” as having a democratically elected president with whom one disagrees...
Letter attacking Obama over gun rights off base
Dec 5, 2012, Helena Independent Record
Your letter policy advises against “significant inaccuracies,” but now and then one slips through. The Dec. 2 letter from Doug Brearey, for example, states, “There is no doubt that Obama through the U.N. would like to ban all guns in this country.”
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