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CU Lead: Raising Up Resolute Leaders

by Brianna Coffey, Student Public Relations Writer

Brian BurnsCedarville University will host its annual leadership conference, CU LEADership, on January 30, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This year, due to COVID-19, CU LEADership will be in person for residential students, but offered live online to outside participants. Follow this link to register. 

The theme of this year’s CU LEADership conference is “Resolute.” In light of the uncertainty, challenges and change experienced this year, the heart of the conference is to encourage students to stand firm on biblical truths and press on with fortitude. 

The CU LEADership conference is a prerequisite for Cedarville University students who desire to serve or currently serve in campus leadership. The conference will include several breakout sessions in addition to group sessions. 

As part of CU LEADership main sessions, students will hear from Dr. Matt Bennett, assistant professor of missions and theology; Brain Burns, director of campus experience; Aaron Cook, director of discipleship; and Dr. Mindy May, director for student development and dean of women. 

For the breakout sessions, Dr. Jeremy Kimble, associate professor of theology, will teach on the spiritual habits of a leader. Dr. Rick Melson, vice president for advancement, will speak on leadership skills, and Dr. Janice Supplee, vice president for marketing and communications, will address discernment and decision-making. Other presenters include Matt Dearden, director of undergraduate admissions, on integrity; Dr. Kristen DeWitt, professor of psychology, on communication and conflict resolution; and Jeff Reep, director of career services, on building and maintaining a team.  

“To be resolute means that you’re purposeful, determined, unwavering and unshakable,” said Burns. “After the year that we’ve had, this is a prime time to learn about the concept of standing resolutely as leaders.”  

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 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 high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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