Alumnus Anselm LeBourne, Stillman School of Business Class of '82, is
back on his former stomping ground as an adjunct professor teaching
business management to undergraduate students. But, what does a retired
Wall Street analyst and 8 Times World Record Holder in Masters Track and
Field have to offer about leadership?
The story of LeBourne's race to stardom tells of his courage,
tenacity and willpower amidst economic and social adversities. "Circumstances may determine who you are, but you are responsible for
who you become," explained LeBourne.
Born and raised in the poverty stricken town of Trou Macaque in
Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago, it's not the first time Anselm LeBourne
is gearing up for a race nearly twelve months in advance. His daily
routine which consists of a four mile run, drills, stretches and sprints
has scored him huge wins over the years.
The 55-year-old eight time gold medalist in the 800 and 1500 meters
at the World Masters Track and Field Championship marks the start of his
career at the age of 13 when he beat the fastest runner in the entire
country in his age group.
"The best part of the race was winning the trophy," said LeBourne,
cheerfully. "From that moment on, I decided to stick with running so I
could win more trophies."
Years later, under the tutelage of Head Coach John Moon at Seton Hall
University, LeBourne proved to be a top mid-distance runner across the
country. "Seton Hall won the first Big East title when I was on the
track team from 1978-82," said LeBourne.
Learning quickly that "hard work beats talent when talent does not
work hard," Lebourne's experiences on the track provided him with strong
skill sets to land many jobs post-graduation. This included a
25-year-long career on Wall Street, working at the New York Stock
Exchange in various capacities.
"During those times, there weren't a lot of individuals in my field
who looked like me and had my kind of accent," said LeBourne. "I was a
salmon swimming upstream with sharks."
Now, roughly 40 years since his first race as a young boy, the
happily married man and retired father of two, is inspired to compete
and break more world records.
Preparing for his next race in France, LeBourne suits up every
morning in his Seton Hall gear and beats his face against the wintery
April breeze before teaching his class.
"If my competitors won't practice in 10-degree weather, I will," said
LeBourne. "It makes me feel I have a competitive advantage."
Whether siting on the Finance Advisory Board in the Stillman School
or teaching in the classroom, LeBourne not only offers expertise
attained from professional experiences, but uses his life story to
motivate the Seton Hall community to think positively.
When asked why he continues to compete, LeBourne said his race
doesn't end at the finish line: "It's a lifelong journey to greatness."
A lesson on leadership he teaches all his students who want to run
Anselm LeBourne's recognitions include:
- 8 Times World Record Holder in Masters Track and Field
- 10 Times American Record Holder in Masters Track and Field
- 7 Time Masters Track & Field Athlete of the Year (Most recent 2012)
- 4 Times New York City Masters Road Mile Champion
- 8 Times Gold Medalist in 800 and 1500 meters at the World Masters Championships
For more information please contact:
Wendy Ekua DaCruz