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Charles Nantz 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.

Charles Nantz 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.

Staff Sergeant Charles Joseph Nantz, a graduate of Corbin Independent School, attended the University of Kentucky. In 1991 he joined the National Guard and started working for them full-time in 2002.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the Kentucky National Guard was called to active duty and his unit was deployed twice. In 2001, his detachment, Det 1, HHC 1/149th served in Germany as part of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom. In 2003 the 1/149th completed a second deployment in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his deployment, Nantz served as Supply Sergeant for A Co 1/149th IN, earning numerous honors and recognition including Army Commendation Honors, Meritorious Service Medals and the Combat Medic Badge.

Nantz works under the Active Guard and Reserve program for the Kentucky National Guard at the Williamsburg National Guard Armory. He is married to Trina Nantz and has five children.

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.