John A. Kline was born and grew up in Iowa, lives in Montgomery,
Alabama, and is the Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Director of
University Institute for Leadership Development.
After graduating from Conrad High School, John farmed for six years
before leaving to attend Iowa State University where he completed his
Bachelors degree in English and Speech. Next he earned both Masters and
PhD degrees in Human Communication from the University of Iowa. Perhaps
the most remarkable thing is he completed all three degrees in 6½ years,
all the time working his way through school.
After serving as professor at both the University of New Mexico and the
University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr Kline accepted a teaching position in
1975 as a civilian professor at the USAF Air University located at Maxwell
Air Force Base, Alabama.
Dr. Kline completed the Federal Program for Senior Executives at the
University of Virginia and the John F. Kennedy Program in International
Security at Harvard University and moved into positions of increasing
responsibility. In 1986 he achieved Senior Executive Service (SES)
status and later received several awards including the Decoration
for Exceptional Civilian Service. From 1991 until 2000 he was the Air
University Provost with responsibility for faculty, academic programs,
libraries, technology, budget and support of 50,000 resident and 150,000
distance-learning students annually. During this time, Dr. Kline was the
federal employee equivalent of a two-star general, reporting directly to
the Commander of Air University, a three-star general.
In early 2000, Dr. Kline joined Troy University (Alabama) as a
Professor of Education. In 2003 he assumed his present position.
John Kline has a distinguished career of service and a record of
successful leadership in educational, volunteer, civic and religious
organizations. He speaks and writes on leadership and communication and
conducts training on writing, speaking and listening. His most recent
books—both published by Pearson Prentice Hall are: Listening
Effectively: Achieving High Standards in Communication, and Speaking
Effectively: Achieving Excellence in Presentations. He has many recent
articles on Leadership and Communication and a book chapter on
Servant-Leadership. In 2010, Dr. Kline received the Troy University
Ingalls Award for
Excellence in Classroom Teaching, given to the one teacher who has “most
diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his classes during the
current academic year.” In 2011, Dr. Kline received the Alabama Higher
Education Partnership Leadership award as the “unparalleled ambassador .
. . garnering the support of literally thousands of university students