General Colin Powell to speak on leadership at USI

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The University of Southern Indiana will present a moderated discussion entitled, “Leadership: Taking Charge,” with General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The event will take place at the new USI Arena, and is free and open to the public.

Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937, and was raised in the South Bronx.

He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-Star General.

Powell served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Powell was the first African American, as well as youngest and first ROTC graduate, to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During his time as chairman, he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th Secretary of State and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Leadership: Taking Charge” is hosted by the USI Romain College of Business and made possible through private gifts.

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(This story was originally published on April 4, 2019)

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