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.  

Spring 2014 Schedule:

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

March 24 - Paul Trible III
Paul Trible III, received a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington and Lee University and went on to receive an MBA from the prestigious Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Between his educational experiences he served as a Mission Coordinator and then Executive Director with Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, working with a team of medical volunteers who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities (such as cleft lip and cleft palate). Following his graduation from Oxford, he co-founded and serves as CEO of Ledbury, a Richmond, Virginia based luxury apparel company that specializes in the design, production and sale of mens dress shirts, casual shirts, and related accessories. Ledbury is the privately funded, growth focused menswear business that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, GQ Magazine and MSNBC Morning Joe.

April 15 - Dr. Susan Komives
Dr. Susan R. Komives is a Professor Emerita in college student personnel at the University of Maryland and a Consulting Editor for Student Leadership Development with Jossey Bass Publishing. Dr. Komives has served as president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (a 36 association member consortium advancing standards of practice and self-assessment), president of the American College Personnel Association, vice president for student development at two colleges, and is the co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. She is lead author of the Leadership Identity Development model research and is currently the co-principal investigator of the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership project, a 100 + campus study of college student leadership outcomes and campus practices that contribute to those outcomes. She has authored over 2 dozen book chapters and has authored, co-authored or edited 11 books and monographs. Susan was a member of the ensemble that developed the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She has authored, co-authored and edited 11 books and monographs, and over 2 dozen book chapters. She earned her M.S. and B.S. at Florida State University and an Ed.D. from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.