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Jessica Taylor 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. Jessica Taylor was of the individuals that received a Principled Leadership Award for her commitment and motivation in providing outstanding service in response to crisis situations and her dedication to making the world a safer place to live.

Taylor, a 2000 graduate of Corbin High School, launched her own telecommunications career when she began working as a basic telecommunicator for Whitley County’s E-911. In 2003, she expanded her credentials by attending Eastern Kentucky University and graduating from the Department of Criminal Justice Telecommunication Academy.

Taylor is certified in multiple field related areas that include: Causality Incidents, Problem Solving, National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), Incident Command, Ethics, Customer Service, and Effective Procedures of a Telecommunicator, Responder Safety, and Advance CJIS Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC).

In 2006, Taylor’s proficiency was recognized when she selected to be the Assistant Supervisor and Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC). In 2010, she was further honored by being promoted to the Assistant Director while continuing her service as the Terminal Agency Coordinator.

A lifetime resident of Whitley County, Taylor proudly shares the pleasure of parenting four beautiful children with her husband of three years, Williamsburg Police Officer Michael Taylor.

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.