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Dr. Ben Carson Speaks on Logical Leadership at University of the Cumberlands


Williamsburg, KY.,- On April 1, University of the Cumberlands (UC) and the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership presented “Logical Leadership” with keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, Sr. M.D.. Several thousand people attended the convocation to hear the emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics give his inspiring testimony.

Carson told his story of growing up in dire poverty in the city of Detroit, Michigan and expressed how difficult life was being one of 24 children to a single mother. Fortunately, Carson’s mother had faith in God and without Him by her side to help her raise her children, Carson might not have become as successful as he is today. With God and his mother’s constant rejection of excuses, Carson pushed his way to the top and is now making a difference in the world and in people’s lives and showing others what it takes to become a true leader.

Before Carson gave his testimony and speech on leadership, he assisted UC President, Dr. Jim Taylor in presenting leadership awards to area leaders. The following were awarded plaques for their excellence in logical leadership: Mr. Terry Dotson, Chair, President and CEO of Worldwide Equipment Enterprises; Dr. Thomas S. Haggai, Chairman of IGA, Inc.; Mr. Joseph Keelty, Businessman and Philanthropist; Mr. Thomas McGlothlin, Retired President of Tri-State Division of United Coal Company and President of The McGlothin Foundation in Bristol, VA.; Mr. Michael Mountjoy, Chairman and Co-Founder of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP; Dr. Monroe E. Trout, Prominent physician, attorney, Marine, and Philanthropist; Dr. M.A. Winchester, Co-founder of McCreary Christian Center, Inc., and Co-Founder of McCreary County Water District.

“My mother had faith,” said Carson. “She got us to understand intellectual development.” Young Carson persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. One highlight of Carson’s career includes the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head in 1987. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations. He is a member and sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He was even appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is an incredible motivational speaker who has traveled the country to speak with various audiences and has even spoken twice at the President’s National Prayer Breakfast. He was a keynote speaker in the President’s National Prayer Breakfast this past February and his speech quickly went viral, leaving many people wondering if he would ever run for President of the United States.

“It is not on my bucket list,” explained Carson. “I do realize that our country is in a lot of trouble. One of the biggest challenges that our country faces is our national debt which is 17.5 trillion dollars. Most people cannot comprehend this amount. Hopefully someone will come along who really catches fire and really understands the Constitution and understands freedom. They need to understand why we are here. In that case, I’d just stand behind that person. If that doesn’t happen, I would have to give serious consideration to it.”

The annual lecture series is made possible by an endowment from local business owners Drs. Terry and 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 Rover, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, and Charles Krauthammer.

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; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit