Event Information

For assistance, please email events@cedarville.edu or call 937-766-4444.


You are invited to attend the CU LEADership Conference on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. This conference is designed for high school juniors and seniors and current Cedarville University students who serve or desire to serve in a leadership position on campus. The CU LEADership Conference exists to equip and inspire leaders to be exceptional in all areas of life. Through the exploration of a Biblical definition of leadership, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement positive change through effective stewardship, influence, and service. Will you follow God’s purpose and calling for your life? Will you lead?

CU LEAD has three distinct tracks that build upon each other. These tracks will be led by a variety of Cedarville administrators, faculty, and staff.

CU LEADership 101 – High school Juniors and Seniors.

CU LEADership 201 – Cedarville University students who desire to serve in leadership on campus.

CU LEADership 301 – Cedarville University students who currently serve in leadership on campus.


Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio


January 22-23, 2016
The conference begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Check-in for high school students will be from 5–7 p.m. on Friday in the Stevens Student Center. Early check-in is available on Friday morning for high school students who will be attending the campus visit and the pre-conference leadership session. Optional campus housing is available.


Current Cedarville students and high school students must register online by January 15th, 2016.

Current CU Student Registration

High School Student Registration


$60 per high school student includes meals, snacks, all sessions and seminars, and small-group activities.

No charge for current Cedarville University students.

Travel Information

As a courtesy to our prospective students who are visiting campus for events, the Admissions department subsidizes airport transportation costs. We offer round trip service to and from the Dayton and Columbus airports at a discounted rate of $45 for Dayton and $80 for Columbus. If you plan to travel by air and need transportation to and from the airport for CU LEAD, please click on the link below and fill out the Admissions Airport Transportation form.

Medical Release Forms

To enable us to care for medical needs that arise during CU LEAD, each high school student must bring a medical release form signed by a parent or guardian when they come to campus. This form must be completed separately from the online registration form and turned in when you check in on Friday.

What to Bring

  • Great attitude
  • Open heart to the Lord
  • Excitement to learn
  • Desire to make new friends
  • Bible
  • Pencil/pen
  • Signed medical release form

and if you are staying on campus...

  • Towels
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal items
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes

What to Wear

Modest casual dress including nice jeans or khakis and nice shirts or sweaters are acceptable for CU LEAD activities.

Breakout Session Information

CU LEAD 101: This track is designed to introduce and discuss the question of why Biblical leadership is important and needed. CU LEAD 101 is designed for junior and seniors in high school.

CU LEAD 201: This track will review the question of why Biblical leadership is needed and then introduce and discuss the question of what Biblical leadership requires and demands. CU LEAD 201 is designed for Cedarville University students who are interested in serving in a student leadership position through Cedarville University.

CU LEAD 301: This track will review the questions of why Biblical leadership is needed and what Biblical leadership requires and demands. CU LEAD 301 will introduce and discuss how Biblical leadership can be personally applied to the individual’s leadership journey.

Breakout Session Topics:

(Each of these Breakout Sessions will be presented in all of the above listed tracks)

Stewardship-All of our gifts, abilities, and opportunities are given to us by God. Every opportunity we will ever have will be given by God through others. We are just stewards (Matthew 25: 14-30).

  • Who is God in your life and leadership (Galatians 2:20, I Corinthians 11:1)
  • Personal discipline before leadership (Philippians 2:4, I Corinthians 9:24-27)
  • Integrity in All (Luke 16:10, I Peter 1:13-16)

Influence-Leadership is not based upon a position or title but on the influence we have with others (Matthew 5:16)

  • The Coaching Leaders – Not creating look a likes (Romans 12)
  • Leading among friends – How to lead without the position (Nehemiah 1-3)
  • Bold Leadership – Faithful Followership (John 5:1-5)

Service-Leadership must not be about power and prestige but humility and service. Service must be our default action (John 13)

  • Jesus and Leadership (Philippians 2:5-11)
  • The importance of accountability (James 5:16)
  • How to hold a standard of excellence (Colossians 3:12-17, Colossians 3:23, I Corinthians 10:31)

  • Pre-Conference Sessions

    Stevens Student Center (SSC)

  • Winter Involvement Fair

    Dixon Ministry Center (DMC) Alumni Hall

  • Main Session

    Dixon Ministry Center (DMC) Jeremiah Chapel

  • Winter Blast

    Stevens Student Center (SSC)

  • Opening Session (High School Students Only)

    Dixon Ministry Center (DMC) Jeremiah Chapel

  • Breakout Sessions

    Dixon Ministry Center (DMC), Center for Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS), Health Sciences Center (HSC), Milner

  • Closing Session

    Dixon Ministry Center (DMC)

  • Service Element



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Dr. Thomas White

Thomas White became the 10th President of Cedarville University in July 2013, bringing more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience as well as strong leadership with a pastoral heart of ministry while standing for biblical truth. From June 2006 to June 2013, he served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary. During his tenure, White enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team. He has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. At Cedarville University, he is committed to intentionally investing in the lives of students for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.
Plenary Session Topic: Stewardship

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Dr. Jeremy Kimble

Jeremy Kimble served in pastoral ministry for eight years and has taught in various online and adjunctive roles. Dr. Kimble’s research interests include ecclesiology, soteriology, biblical theology, biblical ethics, and the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He is passionate about teaching college students the truth of God’s Word. His hope is that through his courses, students will seek to love God and others, rightly understand the grand narrative of Scripture, and apply theological truths to everyday life. Dr. Kimble is committed to teaching in the classroom as well as mentoring students in smaller settings.
Plenary Session Topic: Influence

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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Loren Reno

Loren Reno served in the United States Air Force for 38 years before becoming the first Dean of the Cedarville University School of Business Administration in 2012 and now serves as the Interim Academic Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. He was the Air Force’s senior logistician with policy oversight and budget advocacy for 207,000 maintainers, logisticians, civil engineers, and security forces men and women. He has been a longtime member of several professional organizations and was the senior Air Force advisor to the Logistics Officer Association from 2009-2012. He is the author of the recently released 10 Leadership Maneuvers: A General’s Guide to Serving and Leading.
Plenary Session Topic: Service