A commitment to excellence!

Each year students have the extraordinary opportunity to attend formal presentations from renowned local, state, national and global community leaders selected by our university president. By relating their experiences, these individuals provide insight into the practical application of leadership theory and the skills and tools required of effective leaders.

Past speakers have included the following individuals: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and Dr. Barbara Kellerman, James McGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership at Harvard University.  

Fall 2014 Schedule:

All speaker events will be held in the Ferguson Center Concert Hall at
8 p.m.
 unless otherwise noted.

Senator Bill Nelson
Monday, November 10
Senator Nelson is currently a Florida senator​. A previous astronaut, Nelson launched into space in 1986 and spent six days orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

Nelson's public service career began in 1972, with his election to the Florida Legislature. He then served six terms in the U.S. Congress representing Orlando and the Space Coast, becoming an early champion of the environment.

In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal. During his six years in the post, he showed he was a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate.

Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since then, he's stood up to the insurance companies, Wall Street banks and Big Oil. He's exposed the lies of BP about the Gulf spill. And he's created a blueprint forward for our nation’s space agency. Now in his third term, he's continuing to fight for lower taxes, better education, Medicare and Social Security.


Dr. Ralph Waller
Tuesday, November 18
Dr. Waller is the Principal of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford and Director of the Farmington Institute. He is also a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

In 1994 Dr. Waller won the UK Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In 1992, 1997 and 2006 he was a Select Preacher to Oxford University. Dr. Waller, a Methodist Minister, is a former chairman of the Faculty of Theology and teaches and researches in the areas of Modern Church History and Religious Thought. He is a trustee of various charitable trusts and is a Governor of Cumberland Lodge. He has been awarded several Honorary Degrees from universities in America and Europe.