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Karl Rove to Speak in Leadership Series at University of the Cumberlands


Karl Rove

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Officials at University of the Cumberlands have announced that Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, will be the speaker for the 2010 Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event this spring.

Rove is the former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush; the author of “Courage and Consequence;” a Fox News contributor; a columnist for Newsweek; and the writer of a weekly op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.

Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.”

Washington Post columnist David Broder has called Rove a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called Rove “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”

Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president said, “We are honored to have speakers of such caliber visit our campus annually to address issues of leadership. Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Forcht of the Forcht Group of Kentucky, this is the fifth year that we have had the opportunity to host this exceptional leadership event, which is a valuable experience not only for our students but also to the community and region. We are especially pleased to welcome someone with such national prominence, and we all look forward to Mr. Rove’s insight into this year’s topic, “Leadership in Today’s Economy.”

Established in 2005, the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership provides programs and activities that enhance the development of leadership, character and good citizenship. Taylor said, “University of the Cumberlands believes that good leaders are developed through a process of education, training and experience. The desire to learn and improve is what sets true leaders apart. In a time when much is demanded of social, political and religious leaders, people want to be guided by those they respect and those who have a clear sense of direction. The Forcht Group of Kentucky helps our students sharpen their leadership skills through unique learning in and out of class.”

Forcht Group of Kentucky is a Corbin-based corporation comprised of 95 separate companies, including Forcht Bank NA. The Forcht Group employs more than 2,100 people and possesses assets of more than 1 billion dollars, making it one of the top ten bank holding companies in Kentucky.

Like all Center for Excellence in Leadership events, “Leadership in Today’s Economy” will be free of charge, but tickets will be required. The event will take place Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on campus. The University will provide information about obtaining tickets when they become available.