Local citizens are invited to hear Fulton native and Westminster College alumnus Major General Byron S. Bagby, class of '78, speak at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, in Room 112 of the Hazel Wing of Reeves Library on the Westminster campus.
Major General Bagby from Alexandria, VA, will speak on his work as a leading North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commander during the Afghanistan conflict.
"As we continue to bring global leaders to campus who can prepare our students for the success we want them to experience when they graduate, we are fortunate to be able to attract prominent alumni such as Major General Bagby, who are so generous in giving back to the College by meeting with students and sharing their experiences and expertise," says Dr. Kurt Jefferson, Director of the Center for Engaging the World at Westminster College.
His address will be specifically targeted at two student groups currently enrolled in summer programs at Westminster. The first group is high school students participating in Westminster's second annual "Asian Summer Experience" (July 15-20), which provides academic and extracurricular activities for students to learn about Asia. The second group consists of 18 Chinese college students from Beijing Union University attending Westminster's first annual "American Summer Leadership Program" (July 15-28) to learn about American culture, leadership and life.
Major General Bagby has served over 32 years in the U.S. Army and received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army's highest peacetime award. His long and distinguished military career has included service as Commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College, Director of Operations for the Allied Join Force Command of NATO and Director of the Combined Joint Staff for the Combined Joint Task Force in Afghanistan.
In 2011, he was honored by Westminster College with the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award and in 2005, he was the 100th Kingdom of Callaway Supper honoree.
This year he was named to the Westminster College Board of Trustees.
For more information, members of the general public should contact Dr. Kurt Jefferson, Director of the Center for Engaging the World at Westminster College, at 573-592-5266 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.