About the Author
Wade GilleyWade Gilley, who was almost 19 when he graduated from high school, earned a Ph. D. Degree in Engineering at Virginia Tech just after turning 27 years of age. He became American's youngest college president in 1967 at the age of 28 and later studied at both the Harvard Business School and Oxford University. Gilley's experiences include serving as a university president, and professor of higher education and systems engineering at several universities. He has also served as a director on several corporate boards.Wade Gilley grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in a family of farmers, mill workers and hunters. He graduated from Fries High School in 1957 where he was better known as an athlete than a student. In 1956 he was presented with the "Virginia High School Sportsmanship Award of the Year" by the Civitan Clubs of Virginia on recommendation of the Virginia High School Referees Association.Wade has published a dozen or so technical books over the years with one being translated into Chinese and one to Japanese. He has had more than 200 articles published in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and the Chronicle of Higher is a novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina during the Great Depression of the 1930s. This story grew out of many of Wade Gilley's childhood memories growing up in a hillbilly clan in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was born. Wade has previously written two memoirs about central figures in his life: his mother Forest, Life Before Sister, and his fraternal grandmother Oda, Damn Right It Hurts. Foy's World is his first venture into fiction.