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Giuliani Brings Leadership Experience to Cumberlands


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky- “America’s Mayor”, Rudy Giuliani, spoke at University of the Cumberlands (UC) before a capacity crowd in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on Tuesday April 3 as part of the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership series.

The former New York City mayor spoke on courage and the six principles of leadership; beliefs, optimism, courage, relentless preparation, teamwork and communication. The mayor focused on leading in all aspects of life; as a student, as a professional, and as a family.

Giuliani encouraged those in attendance to not shy away from fear by saying, “What defines courage is what you do with fear.” It was a reminder, as he stated, that being a leader means being courageous in times of adversity.

In conclusion of his message, Giuliani reflected on the events of September 11, 2001 and his memories. He reminisced standing outside the World Trade Centers as fire burned above, the lives that were lost, and the heroism and courage of the first responders and volunteers.

The free event began at 7:15 p.m. and also featured the honoring of Leadership Award recipients Ronnie Biggerstaff (Mine Rescue Trainer), Wayne Bird (Williamsburg Police Chief), Joe Bradshaw (Air Evac Life Team), Colan Harrell (Whitley County Sheriff), Kelly Harrison (Whitley County EMS Director), Charles Nantz (Staff Sergeant KY ARNG), James Privett (Williamsburg Fire Chief), and Jessica Taylor (911 Terminal Agency Coordinator).

The annual lecture series is made possible by an endowment from local business owners Dr. Terry and Mrs. Marion Forcht, who founded the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership in 2006. The purpose of the Center is to provide programs and activities that enhance the development of leadership, character and good citizenship. Past speakers in the series have included Roy Moore, Zell Miller, Stephen Covey, Ben Stein, Karl Rove, and Mike Huckabee.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.