Ohio Secretary of State to Speak at Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State, will speak at Cedarville University on Tuesday, Oct. 19. His presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of Cedarville University`s Dixon Ministry Center. Blackwell`s public service includes terms as mayor of Cincinnati, an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American elected to a statewide executive office in Ohio when he was elected treasurer of state. Blackwell holds bachelor`s and master`s degrees from Xavier University and honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions of higher education in Ohio, including Ashland University, Cincinnati Technical College, Urbana University, Wilberforce University, and Wilmington College. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, co-chairman of the board of directors of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the Advisory Panel of the Federal Elections Commission, and a member of the Harvard Policy Group on Network-Enabled Services and Government. Blackwell sponsors the Ohio Center for Civic Character, a citizen education initiative. The Center uses 20 principles of character (taken from UncommonSenseTM) to encourage Ohio`s leaders to build leadership character, unite in a collaborative culture, and effectively enrich their communities together. More information is available online at www.sos.state.oh.us. Blackwell`s message is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University public relations office at 937-766-7808. -30-