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Wayne Bird 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.

Wayne Bird 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.

Bird served in the United States Army from 1989 to 1993. His career in law enforcement began when he started working for the Williamsburg Police Department as the Department’s K-9 Officer.

A 1996 Richmond, KY graduate from the department of Criminal Justice Training, Bird has served in a wide range of areas during his career. He has been the detective for the Williamsburg Police Department as well as a firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and 911 Dispatcher.

Bird also spent time assigned to the London, KY DEA Task Force where he worked on both state and federal drug cases. During his career, Bird has progressed through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and is currently serving as Chief of Police.

A native of Williamsburg, KY, Bird is married and is the father of two sons.

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.