Professor of Telephony

Few men have bridged the gap between classroom theory and the hard realities of the business world with greater success than Donald Clinton Power, chairman and chief executive of General Telephone & Electronics Corp., the largest U.S. independent telephone system. An ex-professor of economics, hefty (5 ft. 10½ in., 194 Ibs.), round-faced Don Power, 60, stepped fresh into corporate management only nine years ago. Yet he has transformed a loose confederation of small telephone companies into a giant communications and manufacturing complex of 80,000 employees that serves more than 4,000,000 customers in rural and suburban U.S., where front-running...

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