2013 - Colin Powell



Thursday, January 24, 2013
CMU Events Center - McGuirk Arena
7:30 p.m.

Gen. Colin Powell served as the 65th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He is a retired four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, he also served as National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

One of the most admired men in America, Gen. Colin Powell has been a leader for most of his life, having led troops as both a military leader, as chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Secretary of State. But Powell believes a leader is more than just his or her title. Drawing on examples garnered from experience as both a leader on the world stage and as eyewitness to leadership in action, Powell illustrates for audiences precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for "taking charge" during times of great change and great crises. Powell demonstrates how to remain focused, take responsibility and work towards improving processes, organizations and people.

 

Media Stories

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mlive: Colin Powell: 'America is still the land of hope, dreams, opportunity'

mlive: Top 5 quotes from Colin Powell's address at Central Michigan University

Midland Daily News: General Powell speaks at CMU

Midland Daily News: Colin Powell: An inspirational surprise (quotes from CMU journalism students)

The Morning Sun: Colin Powell speaks to full house at Central Michigan University

Event Photos: View CMU event photos on Facebook

 

Event Sponsors

The Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics presents Ret. Gen. Colin Powell as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration at CMU.

  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics
  • Multicultural Academic Student Services
  • Central Michigan University Speaker Series
  • Program Board
  • Global Campus

 

Press Release

Gen. Colin PowellCMU to host an evening with Gen. Colin Powell

Powell's visit is part of CMU's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week
 
Central Michigan University will host retired Gen. Colin Powell as its keynote speaker Jan. 24 during CMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week.

“Colin Powell is a man of high character and great integrity who has much wisdom to offer the students, faculty and staff of CMU, as well as residents of the surrounding region,” President George E. Ross said. “We are honored and humbled to host one of America’s greatly admired and respected leaders.”

Powell will speak at the CMU Events Center in the McGuirk Arena at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are free and are available from the CMU box office beginning Dec. 3rd.

He will meet with a group of students before the keynote presentation to discuss the attributes of leadership. Additional events are likely to be announced at a later date.

“Gen. Powell’s speech, ‘Taking Charge,’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students, the campus and the community to gain leadership counsel from one of the nation’s most highly decorated generals,” said Pamela Gates, dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

“In CMU’s 120th year, as one of the top universities in this state, we’re delighted to bring a renowned world leader to our campus,” Gates said. “Colin Powell will challenge all of us to be great leaders — to go beyond what we imagine our own potential to be.”

The Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics will fund the majority of Gen. Powell’s $125,000 speaking cost. The speaker series is housed within CHSBS.

Additional sponsors include the Office for Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Academic Students Services, Speaker Series and Program Board. The university also is securing external sponsors for the event.

Powell served as the 65th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He is a retired four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, he also served as National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.