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Citadel News Service
20 Sep 2006

2006 Leadership Forum launches fall program

Leaders in business, industry and the media considered outstanding in their fields will visit The Citadel this fall as part of the college’s School of Business Administration Leadership Forum.

Created in 2002, The Citadel Leadership Forum focuses on leadership and ethics in the lives of businesses and organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 27
5:45 pm, Copeland Auditorium
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., “Leadership and Decision Making: Tough Choices in Challenging Times”

Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. First elected Mayor in December 1975, Riley is serving an unprecedented eighth term. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district, seen the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S.A., built the beautiful Waterfront Park, developed nationally acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth in Charleston’s size and population.

Riley has led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, the creation of parks and other public spaces and economic revitalization and development. The City of Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States. A former South Carolina House member, Riley is a 1964 graduate of The Citadel and 1967 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Monday, Oct. 23
5:45 pm, Duckett Hall Auditorium
Susan M. Phillips, “Ethical Leadership: The Importance of Tone at the Top”

Phillips joined The George Washington University School of Business as dean and professor of finance in July 1998. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from December 1991 through June 1998. Before her Federal Reserve appointment, Phillips served as vice president for finance and university services and professor of finance at the University of Iowa.

Phillips' areas of specialization include monetary policy, regulation and supervision of financial institutions, derivatives, financial management and economic theory of regulation. She is a member of the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company's Board of Directors. She also serves on the boards of directors of the Kroger Company, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the National Futures Association. As a member of AACSB International's Board of Directors (2000-2004), she chaired the AACSB Ethics Education Task Force from 2003 to 2004.

Phillips earned a B.A. in mathematics from Agnes Scott College in 1967, a M.S. in finance and insurance from Louisiana State University in 1971, and a Ph.D. in finance and economics from LSU in 1973.

Thursday, Oct. 26
5:45 pm, Duckett Hall Auditorium
Bluford Putnam, “Themes for Business Leaders in a Multi-Cultural World”

Putnam is CEO and director of research for Bayesian Edge Technology & Solutions, Ltd., a financial risk management and portfolio advisory service, specializing in financial market research utilizing Bayesian statistical techniques integrated with the disciplined application of economic theory, and tempered by over 25 years of market experience.

Putnam formed Bayesian Edge in 2000, after a long and distinguished career on Wall Street. Putnam earned his Ph.D. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his B.A. from Florida Presbyterian College (later renamed Eckerd College) in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has authored five books on international finance, many academic articles, and an eclectic assortment of articles for the business press. At various times, he has served on the adjunct faculties of business schools of The Wharton School, New York University and Columbia University.

Putnam is actively involved in the southern Maryland community. He serves on the board of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation and chairs its endowment investment committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Maryland Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Maryland Bank & Trust Co.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
5:45 pm, Copeland Auditorium
Jim Huling, “The Three Obsessions of Extraordinary Leaders”

Huling is the president and CEO of MATRIX Resources, one of the 100 largest technology services companies in America. A technology veteran himself, he has held various CIO and senior executive positions throughout his career. In the past nine years, Huling has been part of an executive team that has led MATRIX to unprecedented business success, and has extended a record 23 years of uninterrupted profitable and debt-free operation. Under Huling’s leadership, MATRIX has also been recognized with numerous awards, including being named one of the “20 Best Companies to Work for in Atlanta”, “50 Best Companies to Work for in Texas,” and most recently, “25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America,” by the Great Places to Work Institute who compiles the prestigious FORTUNE magazine list.

Huling is a frequent keynote speaker for national meetings and recently shared the podium with Stephen Covey and Jim Collins in the Executive Symposiums offered by FranklinCovey. He has delivered keynote presentations for companies such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Chick-fil-A, Wachovia, Verizon and The Hartford. Huling is also the author of the nationally syndicated column, “The Business of Life,” published in Smart Business magazines.

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