Former FCC Head to Give Forum at Westminster on Leadership 

Campus News 

Al SikesAl Sikes, a consultant for the Hearst Corporation and Chairman of the Board for the Trinity Forum, will spend two days Nov. 10-11 on the Westminster College campus as a part of the Global Leader in Residence program to meet with campus leaders and students, visit classes and discuss leadership in public forum.

Those interested in leadership can join Sikes in a free public forum from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Nov.10, in the Hermann Lounge of the Hunter Activity Center on campus.  He will discuss his personal leadership journey and the importance of ethical leadership.

He will also have lunch one day with a group of student leaders, meet the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service staff, visit several classes and hold a session with sophomore leaders.

As Chair of Trinity Forum, he directs the work of a leadership academy that helps leaders engage the key issues of their personal and public lives in the context of faith. 

He also is founder and a board member for the Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation (READ), which teaches at-risk children to read.

Sikes held the post of Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.  In this position he helped set the stage for the birth of new satellite and cellular-based services and digital television.

Prior to joining the federal government in 1986, he ran a broadcast company that he established in 1978.

In 1990 Westminster awarded him an honorary degree.

Begun in 2011, the Global Leaders in Residence program is designed to bring leaders from a variety of academic and professional fields to campus for two to three days to speak to classes, interact socially with students, consult with faculty and staff and deliver a campus-wide presentation on their efforts to make a difference in the world.

The program is under the auspices of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service.
Founded in 1851, Westminster College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to the rankings of U.S.News & World Report.  Forbes magazine previously selected Westminster as one of America’s Top 50 Colleges and Universities, the Best Liberal Arts College in Missouri and one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America.   The Princeton Review recently named the College as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the ninth straight year.  Newsweek-Kaplan named it “One of the 372 Most Interesting Schools in America.”  Westminster has also been recognized as one of 240 Colleges of Distinction and CosmoGirl magazine named the school one of the Top 100 American Colleges for women.  These recognitions reflect Westminster’s ongoing commitment to providing a superior collegiate experience for its students, who come from 28 states and 66 different foreign countries.  This selective college for men and women is known for its small class sizes taught by an excellent faculty.
Westminster College is internationally recognized for hosting major leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill who made his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster in 1946.  This one historic moment has led to a steady procession of world leaders bringing their messages to Westminster over the years, including four U.S. Presidents, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and numerous other U.S. and world leaders such as James Baker, Dick Chaney, John Kerry and Robert Kennedy, Jr.  The National Churchill Museum on campus, the only museum in North America totally devoted to Winston Churchill’s life and work, is a state-of-the-art interactive showcase, symbolizing Westminster’s educational mission to graduate the world’s future “leaders of character.” 

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