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Citadel News Service
10 Mar 2010

Principled Leadership Symposium kicks off Corps Day

The Citadel’s Third Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, hosted on the military college’s 167th anniversary, is scheduled to begin March 18.  The two-day conference on leadership and ethics will attract 100 delegates from local colleges, senior military colleges and the federal service academies and will feature nationally renowned leaders, including Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

“The symposium gives our cadets an opportunity to meet students from other institutions and to delve into important issues and to exchange perspectives on leadership,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Weart, director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.  “The symposium is held on the anniversary of the college because Corps Day Weekend is a time that we reflect on the college’s tradition of producing principled leaders.”

The Principled Leadership Symposium is made possible by the generous support of Bill ('63) and Gay Krause and by Steve ('64) and Rita McManus as well as The Citadel Class of 1959 and The Citadel Alumni Association. 

Featured speakers for this year’s symposium are:

Gen. James T. Conway:  the 34th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Conway has served as the commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from 2002 through 2004, taking part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Operation Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah, Iraq.  He has served as the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson:  a former West Point football player, Gadson is a decorated Army commander who lost both legs and the use of his right arm and hand in an IED attack.  He remains on active duty in the military and continues to inspire many with his message of courage, determination, perseverance and teamwork.  He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and holds a master’s degree in information systems from Webster University and a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University.

Lt. Col. Randolph J. Bresnik:  after graduating from The Citadel in 1989 with a degree in mathematics, he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was designated a Naval aviator in 1992.  Since then he has logged more than 5,000 hours in 79 types of aircraft.  In 2004 he was selected by NASA, and in November 2009, he completed his first spaceflight on the space shuttle Atlantis, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits and completing two spacewalks.

Dan T. Cathy:  president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, one of the nation’s largest family owned business, Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father S. Truett Cathy.  Rather than leading from his corporate office, Cathy spends most of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of restaurants, participating in grand-opening ceremonies for new restaurants and getting to know his customers and employees.  (Note:  Cathy is speaking at the concluding dinner, which is an invitation-only event.)

The following schedule of events is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 18

11:00 - 11:50

Greater Issues Speech, Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (McAlister Field House)

1:00 - 2:15

Session 1:  Distinguished Leader Panels (conducted concurrently)

Panel 1:  Science and Technology (Grimsley Hall Auditorium)
Panel 2:  Business Leadership (Bond Hall Auditorium)
Panel 3:  Military Leadership (Jenkins Hall Auditorium)

2:30 - 3:45

Session 2:  Distinguished Leader Panels (same locations)

4:00 - 4:30

Plenary Speaker: Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, Army Senior Fellow, Institute for World Politics (Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall)

Friday, March 19

12:30 - 1:00

Plenary Speaker: Lt. Col. Randolph J. Bresnik, U.S.M.C., NASA Astronaut, Citadel Class of ’89  (Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall)

3:45 - 4:30

Dress Parade

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