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Cedarville University’s fifth annual CU LEADership Conference, “Lead with Courage,” will be held January 19, 2019.

Courage in Leadership Focus of Conference

by Kaileigh Willis

Cedarville University’s fifth annual CU LEADership Conference, “Lead with Courage,” will be held January 19, 2019, in the Dixon Ministry Center. Opening session starts at 10 a.m with a keynote address by U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Fogle in the Jeremiah Chapel. Registration is open to high school and current Cedarville University students at

CU LEAD equips high school and college students as they strive to be better leaders in all areas of their lives.

“We want students to have a biblical definition of leadership,” Brian Burn, director of campus experience, said. “If you wait to learn about leadership until you have a title, then you really aren’t leading, so we define leadership in three words: stewardship, influence and service.”

The conference is broken into three tracks: high school students, Cedarville University students who desire to be in a leadership role on campus and Cedarville students who currently hold a leadership positions. One main session is offered for all attendees with breakout sessions for each track.

Fogle, a Cedarville alumnus and commander of the 492nd Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, will lead the main session. Twenty-three faculty and staff speakers, along with five current Cedarville University students, will conduct breakout sessions.*

“Students should attend CU LEAD because it really opens the door for leadership opportunities at Cedarville,” said Savannah Johnson, a senior nursing student and resident assistant from Rapid City, South Dakota. “Whether you are going to use what you learn in a position at Cedarville or not, what you learn from CU LEAD prepares you in life.”

*The views expressed by Col. Fogle are offered in his personal capacity, and do not represent the views of any military service, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 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

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