Local officials react to death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died Monday at age 84 from complications of COVID-19. 

Dr. Mark Anarumo, president of Norwich University, recalled Powell’s visit to the campus in 2014. He said Powell influenced his leadership style.

“What I learned from him was expecting high performance, holding people accountable, but developing those that might need the extra touch,” Anarumo said. 

Anarumo said Powell was grounded and humble, leadership qualities that resonate across services.

“I think it was how he was able to speak with such clarity and authority but always maintain that humility,” Dr. Anarumo said. “You never felt like he was going to talk down to you or judge you harshly.” 

Vermont Senior Senator Patrick Leahy shared his condolences on Twitter. 

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu directed flags on all public buildings and grounds in the state be lowered to half-staff. Sununu said in a statement that Powell’s “legacy and character is one we must remember, and one that we should each seek to emulate in all that we do,.”

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