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Dr. Stephen Hall receives Leadership Award


Williamsburg, Ky. – World renowned columnist and political analyst Dr. Charles Krauthammer 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 annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 9th. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center, located on the UC campus, Krauthammer’s speech, “Ethical Leadership,” focused on the various ethical issues that the country is currently facing.

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 six individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating an excellence to their community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps to pursue noble goals and high ethical standards.

Dr. Stephen Hall was one of the honored guests to receive the Ethical Leadership Award.

Dr. Hall is a national leader in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities, has been the commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, and part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services since October 2009.

Governors in Indiana, Georgia, and Colorado have appointed Dr. Hall to serve on commissions and councils to lead policy reform efforts. Hall has also extensive experience in developing programs to promote individual and family self-direction and authority.

A native of Bedford, Indiana, Hall received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate in education and disability policy/adult education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees 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.