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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Craig E. Browning serves as Regional President for U.S. Bank&rsquo;s South Central Kentucky region. His primary office is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The region is comprised of 35 branches located in 12 counties and 19 distinct communities throughout south central and western Kentucky. Craig&rsquo;s responsibilities include direct management of all retail, commercial, and private client trust / wealth management business in the area.</p>
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<p>Craig has served south central Kentucky as a banking leader for 27 years, has been with U.S. Bank for nearly 18 years, and has served as Regional President for over 14 of those years. Craig is a proud alumni of WKU having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the university&rsquo;s College of Business. He is also a graduate of Leadership Kentucky, several schools of banking, and the U.S. Bank Leadership Excellence program at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. &nbsp;Craig and his wife, Deborah, have one daughter, Summer &ndash; a junior at WKU.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. Jim Flynn, Superintendent of Simpson County Schools located in Franklin, Kentucky, is in his 11th year as superintendent. During his tenure as superintendent, the district has successfully implemented a common vision that focuses on empowering all students to graduate life ready &ndash; prepared socially and academically for college and/or careers.</p>
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<p>He is married to Natalie, who is a Reading Specialist at Briarwood Elementary in Warren County. They have three children, Bracken (Rice University graduate &ndash; Houston, TX), Hunter (WKU senior &ndash; Bowling Green, KY), and Bretton (fifth grade).&nbsp; He resides in Franklin with his wife and daughter.&nbsp;</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Cecile Garmon serves as the Knicely Professor of Leadership and Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence in the Gordon Ford College of Business as well as Professor of Communication in Potter College at Western Kentucky University. She joined WKU in 1980 and has served in various capacities during those years. Her areas of expertise include intercultural communication, leadership, multinational business communication, global leadership communication, and she has developed a growing interest in the ways in which SubSaharan leaders and followers communicate their ideas about. Her research areas include various aspects of leadership and communication especially related to ethics and culture. She taught at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in 2000 and continues to travel internationally for research and professional interests.&nbsp; She helps to deliver leadership development activities in the WKU target area and works with local leadership groups to develop and promote their programs.&nbsp; Garmon holds the PhD from Vanderbilt University, MA&rsquo;s from the University of Kentucky and from Western Kentucky University and the BA from the University of Kentucky</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.wku.edu/communication/documents/vita_docs/cecile_garmon-vita2011.pdf">View Curriculum Vitae</a></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>A native of Louisville, Richard (Dick) Gladden graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1973 with a degree in Marketing.&nbsp; After spending nearly a decade in retail and branch banking with the former Avery Federal Savings &amp; Loan Association (now Fifth Third Bank), he left to form The Data Vault, storing and managing corporate information. Dick still owns and actively manages The Data Vault, which has added several varied information management business units in the ensuing years.</p>
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<p>Mike works with organizations to develop individual and corporate strategic leadership.&nbsp; He has worked with Lowe&rsquo;s, Cardinal Health, Verizon, Boeing, EDS, Motorola, IBM, Marsh, GE, Kerr McGee, IBM, the Union Pacific, Shell, Tenneco, , the National Telephone Company of Venezuela, GTE, Levi Straus, Standard Chartered Bank, Afsat Communications, ASIMCO Technology Holdings (China), the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, The Child Welfare League of America and others large and small throughout the world.</p>
<p>Mike was an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and at the Sa&iuml;d School of Business, University of Oxford for fifteen years.&nbsp; &nbsp;In that role, he was a tutor in the Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP) for more than a decade.&nbsp; The SLP brings executives from various walks of life, from all over the world, together for a wide-ranging dialogue on strategic leadership in a process of discovery, reflection, and application.&nbsp; Mike is also adjunct faculty at HEC, Paris; was a leader in the Boston University <em>CEO Leadership Forum;</em> was a member of the Columbia University <em>Building the Learning Organization</em> faculty, and has taught at the Copenhagen Business School.</p>
<p>As Managing Partner of Leadership Development, Inc., Mike managed approximately 200 seminars a year in Verizon&rsquo;s core leadership program.&nbsp; This extraordinary program received the highest awards for return on investment from the American Society for Training and Development.</p>
<p>From 1969 to 1995, Mike was a US Army officer serving in the United States, Vietnam, and Germany.&nbsp; From 1983 to 1986, he commanded the 2<sup>d</sup> Battalion, 16<sup>th</sup> Infantry, First Infantry Division.&nbsp; As a General Staff Officer he served in Washington as Chief of War Plans for the US Army and as a member of the executive team implementing the Army&rsquo;s post-Cold War transformation.&nbsp; As a personal advisor to the Army&rsquo;s Chief and leader-mentor for the Army&rsquo;s in-house think tank, Mike was a key player in the Army&rsquo;s evolution, with unique links to academic and business thought leaders.&nbsp; He was a principal architect of the Army&rsquo;s &ldquo;Force XXI&rdquo; initiative to drive battlefield agility and effectiveness by using digital technology to enable combat teams to organize and act decisively around information.&nbsp; His book about the Army&rsquo;s transformation, <em>Hope Is Not a Method, What Business Leaders Can Learn from America&rsquo;s Army </em>continues to receive praise as a handbook for strategic transformation.</p>
<p>Mike left active duty as a Colonel.&nbsp; His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.</p>
<p>Mike has served as a member of the board of The 1911 Trust Company; is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the General George S. Patton Jr., Museum Foundation; and serves on the board of the Kentucky Museum Foundation.&nbsp; He is a member of the Army Navy Club.</p>
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Center for Leadership Excellence


Mr. Craig Browning

Mr. Craig Browning
- Regional President, US Bank

Dr. James Flynn

Dr. James Flynn
- Superintendent, Simpson County Schools

Cecile Garmon

Cecile Garmon
- Knicely Professor of Leadership; Director, Center for Leadership Excellence; Gordon Ford College of Business; Professor - Department of Communication

Mr. Dick Gladden

Mr. Dick Gladden
- President, The Data Vault

Mr. Mike Harper

Mr. Mike Harper
- Strategic Consultant, Harper Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Bob Long

Dr. Bob Long
- Visiting Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Leadership, Murray State University

Dr. Tony Norman

Dr. Tony Norman
- Professor Director, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Evelyn Thrasher

Evelyn Thrasher
- Knicely Faculty Fellow in Leadership; Associate Professor - Information System

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