AEI Leadership Dinner

AEI Executive Council Brings DC to CU


by Michaela Carpenter, Public Relations Writer

On December 5, Cedarville University's American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council will host a leadership dinner for select students and faculty. 

The dinner will feature guest speaker Michael Hendrix, Director for Emerging Issues and Research at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a scholar at AEI – a leading conservative policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Hendrix will speak about entrepreneurship and innovation, and will conduct a Q-and-A session.
The Executive Council is comprised of seven Cedarville students chosen by AEI to serve as representatives and to promote educated conversation on campus about a variety of current issues. This is the first year that Cedarville University has joined more than 80 other campuses across the country in having its own AEI Executive Council.

Junior prelaw major Abigail Barnes, chair of the Executive Council, explained that the Council’s goal is to promote educated discussion among students and faculty in different departments and to provide networking opportunities as the group brings in outside speakers.

“The goal of AEI, and therefore the Council, is to just talk about ideas,” Barnes said. “We want to foster that communication and higher level of thinking.”

This is the first event sponsored by the Council, which is already planning several others for the upcoming semester, Barnes said. Future events will include discussions on foreign policy and education and will continue to feature outside speakers as well has having professors lecture on various topics.

“The Cedarville University students in AEI leadership represent high standards of leadership and scholarly potential, coupled with a firm commitment to their Christian faith influencing every aspect of their thinking and life,” said Dr. Marc Clauson, professor of history and law. “They have the opportunity to influence others by that leadership and scholarship on the Cedarville campus.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit