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Ohio Secretary of State to Appear at Cedarville University

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by Public Relations Office

April 8, 2002

Cedarville, Ohio - Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell will appear before Cedarville University faculty, staff, and students, Thursday, April 18. Blackwell will address the importance of character as it relates to leadership in public and corporate service. The presentation will be made in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center beginning at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., Blackwell will meet with students involved in the Character Forum, part of Cedarville University's Leadership Institute. At that time, he will discuss character-related issues in a question/answer format. The Character Forum workshops are open to all students; however the Leadership Institute is specifically designed for students who are in or aspire to leadership positions at Cedarville University. This year, more than 300 students are involved. Blackwell brings a distinguished record of achievement as an educator, diplomat, and finance executive to his current position as the 51st Secretary of State of Ohio. His public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and Treasurer of the State of Ohio. A life-long member of the NAACP, Blackwell has twice received the U.S. Department of State's Superior Honor Award for his work in human rights—from the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Clinton. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 937-766-7808. -Cedarville-