New Leadership Training Program Begins April 16 at Cedarville

by Jenni Hodges, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University will launch a program to train student leaders April 16 with the new event CU LEAD 2014. Brian Burns, director of student life programs, said nearly 1,000 students will attend to prepare for leadership positions they will hold next year.

Cedarville has already required a leadership class sequence for many years for students interested in becoming Resident Assistants (R.A.), student government officers, discipleship leaders, Rinnova baristas and Student Center Activity Board members. Burns said the new CU LEAD program will condense material from these classes into a more focused curriculum. The knowledge students will gain will be used at the university’s KICKSTART event in August and a leadership conference in January 2015. 

At the initial session, students will hear from President Thomas White, Burns, assistant director of student life programs Eric Garland and J.T. Bennett, 2014-15 student body president. Burns said the session will include a time of worship and breakout sessions on leadership topics. 

Burns said this event is essential because it prompts students to prepare their hearts over the summer and communicates the meaning of leadership. “If students know what’s expected of them as a leader, they’re going to lead with conviction and passion. They’ll truly blow us out of the water,” Burns said.

Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at