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Joe Bradshaw Receives Leadership Award from University of the Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to a crowded auditorium of over 3,000 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, staff, and faculty, as well as friends from across the state of Kentucky, during the University’s 7th annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 3rd. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on the UC campus, Giuliani’s speech, “Principled Leadership in a Time of Crisis,” spoke on courage and the six principles of leadership; beliefs, optimism, courage, relentless preparation, teamwork and communication.

The Center, that sponsors internationally renowned speakers recognized for their character and leadership, provides a keynote speaker yearly at UC to help raise the visibility of the University’s values.

At this year’s program UC honored eight individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating the essentials of exceptional leadership in a time of crisis. These individuals were chosen because they have shown extraordinary courage by responding with bravery during crisis and emergency situations or by showing compassion and generosity toward others. Joe Bradshaw was of the individuals that received a Principled Leadership Award for his commitment and motivation in providing outstanding service in response to crisis situations and his dedication to making the world a safer place to live.

Bradshaw graduate from Russell County High School in 1974 and attended Lindsey Wilson College. His commitment to community service helped him launch the Russell County Rescue Squad in ’74 where he volunteered as a rescue worker. Later on he became certified as a KY Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic and served as the Director/Chief of the Russell County EMS from 1987-1990.

In 1993 he assumed the role of Director/Chief of the Knox County EMS and stayed in that role until 2007. A former member of Kentucky Civil Air Patrol, Bradshaw became program Director for the Air Evac Lifeteam and Fixed Wing Program at the Whitley County Airport in 2007.

Bradshaw has been a member of the Kentucky Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team for over 14 years and is a board member of the National EMS Coalition in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security to attend New Mexico State University “Terrorist Incident Management School,” of which he is a graduate and was certified as an instructor. Recently he was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

In 2005 he served as a co-leader in the Kentucky contingent in response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief to help New Orleans. After the CTA Acoustics explosion in Corbin, KY in 2005, he served as command staff for the emergency response team. He was recognized by the Governor of KY and the Kentucky Emergency Management Association after leading one of the largest missing person’s searches in Kentucky in Knox County.

Currently, he resides in Barbourville, KY with his wife, Robyn and is the father to five daughters.

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.