Renaissance man: a cultured person who is knowledgeable, educated or proficient in a wide range of fields.
This definition fits Dr. Glenn Forte, who, after serving in the Air Force, entered the seminary. He jokes that he made the mistake of choosing a seminary connected to a co-ed university and quickly decided that priestly life was not for him. Returning to college, where he played varsity soccer, Forte earned a degree in Geography and Earth Science, which led to a 38-year career in plastics manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry.
During his corporate years, Forte, inspired by the writings of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, earned a master’s in Religious Studies and Theology, as well as credits toward an MBA, which served him well in the corporate world. He holds two U.S. patents for innovative pharmaceutical packaging.
Forte took an early retirement to pursue his life goal of earning a doctoral degree. Studying part-time while running his executive search and organizational development firm, he earned an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University in 2015, after 12 years of study. His research focus was the idea of “presence” in distance education. Since earning his degree, he presented his research at the Eastern Sociological Society conference and published articles on the paradox of distance education in the European Science Journal and the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education. In addition to serving as the adjunct coordinator for Wilmington University’s Behavioral Science program, Forte teaches courses at WilmU and other universities.
He plans to retire from his coordinator duties in late 2016 but will continue to teach. His favorite course is Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences (SOC 331) because, as he says, “It is most rewarding when students master the material in this challenging course.”
“It is most rewarding when students master the material in this challenging course.”
Globetrotting is part of his future: living in Italy in spring, where he’ll learn to speak Italian while spending time with relatives, and spending winters in Florida living with his son and playing tennis. But he’ll be back in Delaware to teach classes on campus in the summer because he values the face-to-face interaction with students.
“I couldn’t be happier than to spend my second career in higher education,” Forte says. “I enjoy encouraging students to be lifelong learners.” WU