By Bethany Kyle—
The ROTC hosted its Leadership Symposium on Wednesday in the Wells Fine Arts Center Theater, featuring local leaders in service speaking to the community and Senior ROTC cadets.
The symposium featured a panel of experienced leaders in service: Retired Lt. General Stephen Speakes, Texas State Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Outreach Chairman Welba Dorsey, and College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean Kelli Styron.
Filling in for President Dottavio, Chief of Staff Kyle McGregor welcomed the audience and encouraged the exercise in leadership preparation that was taking place, saying that, “You as future soldiers, as future leaders of soldiers, must practice.”
Lt. Col. Jason Vranes introduced each of the panelists and explained to the audience of approximately 125 people that they would be asked the same questions that lasts semester’s panelists of leaders in education were asked. The intention was to give the senior ROTC cadets the opportunity to hear from the leaders of their respective career fields and to take the learned information into their future careers with the United States Army.
Each of the speakers brought their own perspective from their individual field, but often agreed on the core principals in leadership. For example, when asked which is most important, mission, core values, or vision, each concluded that all three were equally important in being an effective leader.
The panelists were also asked to share what one characteristic is most important in a leader. The responses were to be “visionary” from Speakes, to have “integrity” from Styron, and “honesty” from Dorsey.
Following the discussion with the panelists, Speakes and Dorsey were presented with awards to thank them for their participation and Styron was presented with a Texan Battalion coin and a Core Value Service coin.
The symposium was also broadcast over radio at 90.5 KTRL.