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03-09-2012


Bruce Rector Addresses UC Family During Convocation

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, March 5th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted Bruce Rector as the guest speaker at their weekly Convocation.

As a speaker, author, facilitator and moderator, Bruce teaches, inspires and motivates people of all ages to become better business, government, community and family leaders. Bruce’s homespun style of sharing humorous and uplifting stories from his personal life and from his extensive travel and work with young leaders from over 100 countries resonates with the audience. His messages not only teach and inspire, but also motivate people to make life and career changing decisions.

During his lecture he talked to students about the importance of taking opportunities when they are presented. “I encourage all you to open the doors of opportunity that God has waiting for us,” said Rector.

He went on to talk about his own story of almost missing out on the chances that were presented to him for various reasons. He shared with everyone that he wasn’t very good in high school and had doubts about the level of success he would have in college.

Rector is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (UK) where he worked as a student athletic trainer for UK’s men’s basketball team. He spent four summers and one full season working as an assistant athletic trainer for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

When he was living in Indianapolis, working with the Colts franchise, he had an opportunity to sign a long term contract in his athletic training position where he would have had the opportunity to travel everywhere the team went. However, during that time his mother had developed cancer. He had been talking to her about going to law school because it had always been his dream. “While on her death bed my mom said I might as well try law school and that changed my life forever,” Rector said.

Those words helped him to take a leap of faith that this was the opportunity that God intended for him to accept. He later earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1990 and was admitted to practice before the Kentucky Courts. He has practiced law in Lexington since that time, in addition to speaking and consulting.

In 2003, he served as the 58th President of Junior Chamber International, a 200,000 member strong organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs from 110 countries. In every presentation he makes, Rector shares his practical tips for improving personal and organizational performance in an entertaining way that leaves the audience energized and ready for action.

Rector's first book, Monday Morning Messages: Teaching, Inspiring and Motivating to Lead (Xephor Press, 2005) has enjoyed international success and will be published soon in French and Korean. With thousands of loyal readers of his weekly electronic messages and endorsements from best-selling authors Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager), Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and Jennifer Kushell (Secrets of the Young & Successful), the book is an excellent training and discussion aid for the sessions he leads.

Bruce and his wife, Tabitha, reside in Lexington, Kentucky with their son, Trevor.

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.