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Troy University, MontgomeryLeadership Challenges and Progress – Getting to the Next Level

Available to All Leaders Serving the River Region
Increase both your Personal and Organizational Leadership Effectiveness
July 24, 2014
Troy University, Montgomery
Whitley Hall, Gold Room
231 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Alabama

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Leadership Challenges and Progress – Getting to the Next Level




Registration and Continental Breakfast






Session 1:  Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast



Challenges of Leading in a Matrix Organization






Session 2:  Dr. Lynn Boyd



Understanding Personality






Session 3:  Dr. John Kline



Servant Leadership






Session 4:  Col. Jefferson S. Dunn



Preparing for the Next Level – How to Get From Here to There



Program concludes

*Complete agenda available at symposium.

Early registration recommended. Seating is limited

COST: $40 per person
(fee includes CEU certificate for 5 hours, lunch and breaks)

Click here to register and pay online. Under “Registration” click on “Select Classes” then select “Leadership Challenges and Progress - Getting to the Next Level.” To register by telephone, call 334-983-0005.

For symposium information contact:   Carl Collins, Director of Enrollment Management, Montgomery Campus, or phone 334.241.5425

About the Speakers: 

Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast is Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The center is responsible for the research, development and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of airpower in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations and providing policy and guidance of Air Force doctrine through education and focused outreach. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Kwast was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. After completing a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training where he earned his pilot wings in June 1989. General Kwast has served as military aide to the vice president and completed a National Defense Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University, Mass.

The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 47th Operations Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. He also served as the deputy director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C., and as the commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. General Kwast was the deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to his current assignment, General Kwast was the director of requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He has more than 3,300 flying hours, including more than 650 combat hours during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Lynn Boyd is an Assistant Professor in Troy University’s Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training. She earned her B.A. in English (1994) and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development (1997) from Auburn Montgomery; a few years later, she was awarded an African-American Fellowship from Troy University to earn a doctorate. She attended the University of Alabama and completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2007. She began her employment with Troy University in 1998 and has worked as the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs & Scholarships, the Assistant Financial Aid Director, and the Interim Financial Aid Director. She is a recent graduate of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a year-long leadership development program for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta region. In 2008, she was appointed by former Governor Bob Riley to the Black Belt Action Committee and served as Chair of the Families Committee until 2011. She served as President of the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and Alabama Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and serves on the boards of other professional counseling associations. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences about issues related to group counseling, supervision, and teaching. Lynn is married to Daniel Boyd and has one son, Jordan.

Dr. John Kline was born and grew up in Iowa, lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and is the Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Director of the Troy University Institute for Leadership Development.  After graduating from Conrad High School, John farmed for six years before leaving to attend Iowa State University where he completed his Bachelors degree in English and Speech. Next he earned both Masters and PhD degrees in Human Communication from the University of Iowa. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is he completed all three degrees in 6½ years, all the time working his way through school.  After serving as professor at both the University of New Mexico and the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr Kline accepted a teaching position in 1975 as a civilian professor at the USAF Air University located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Dr. Kline completed the Federal Program for Senior Executives at the University of Virginia and the John F. Kennedy Program in International Security at Harvard University and moved into positions of increasing responsibility. In 1986 he achieved Senior Executive Service (SES) status and later received several awards including the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. From 1991 until 2000 he was the Air University Provost with responsibility for faculty, academic programs, libraries, technology, budget and support of 50,000 resident and 150,000 distance-learning students annually. During this time, Dr. Kline was the federal employee equivalent of a two-star general, reporting directly to the Commander of Air University, a three-star general.

In early 2000, Dr. Kline joined Troy University (Alabama) as a Professor of Education. In 2003 he assumed his present position.

John Kline has a distinguished career of service and a record of successful leadership in educational, volunteer, civic and religious organizations. He speaks and writes on leadership and communication and conducts training on writing, speaking and listening. His most recent books—both published by Pearson Prentice Hall are: Listening Effectively: Achieving High Standards in Communication, and Speaking Effectively: Achieving Excellence in Presentations. He has many recent articles on Leadership and Communication and a book chapter on Servant-Leadership. In 2010, Dr. Kline received the Troy University Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, given to the one teacher who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his classes during the current academic year.” In 2011, Dr. Kline received the Alabama Higher Education Partnership Leadership award as the “unparalleled ambassador . . . garnering the support of literally thousands of university students throughout Alabama.”

Col. Jefferson S. Dunn is the commander of the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  The mission of the Barnes Center is to educate the Air Force’s enlisted force through the continuum of professional military education, award degrees through the Community College of the Air Force, provide upgrade training and Weighted Airmen Promotion System materials to enlisted members through the Air Force Career Development Academy, train critical members of the USAF command leadership team through the Air Force First Sergeant Academy and preserve and promulgate enlisted heritage at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute.  Colonel Dunn graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1986 with a degree in English and earned his commission through ROTC. He has held various flying assignments in bombers, airlift, and undergraduate pilot training. He has served on the Air Staff, at US European Command Headquarters and for the Office of the Secretary of the Defense.  He has held leadership roles at the squadron, group, wing and center levels.

Colonel Dunn is a Senior Pilot and a former Instructor Navigator with over 3400 flying hours in the B-52, C-141, C-9, T-37, T-6, T-38 and T-1 aircraft. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Holm Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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