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CU to hold leadership institute for high school juniors

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Cumberland University is set to host a four-day, three-night leadership institute on campus for high school juniors in Tennessee on June 19 through 22 and June 26 through 29, the university announced this week.

According to a news release issued by CU, the purpose of the institute "is to help juniors recognize their responsibilities as community, youth and organizational leaders to identify, address and meet future challenges within the state."

The goal of the Cumberland University Summer Leadership Institute, the release continued, is to develop new relationships with other high school juniors in the state, define the fundamentals of leadership, identify their style of leadership, learn to manage conflict and become an ethical leader committed to active community involvement.

The lead facilitators for the leadership institute are Michael Ayalon, CEO of Greek University, and Lucy Lee, who served as executive director of Leadership Wilson for 14 years. Ayalon is a motivational speaker and entrepreneur who has headlined more than 300 presentations across 100 college campuses. Lee won the Robert Smith Tennessee Leadership Educator Award in 2000 and has also taught a leadership course in Cumberland University's Master of Business Administration program for five years.

"Lucy and I are so excited to bring this unique program to Tennessee high school students," Ayalon said. "We wanted to build a fun program that would allow them to experience four days of leadership training at Cumberland University, including an early exposure to dorm life, building new relationships and even participating in a service learning experience by giving back to our community. It's a positive leadership experience they will remember for the rest of their lives."

"I believe the best way to bring positive change to the citizens of Tennessee is through the leadership of our youth," Lee added. "We can see a positive impact in the lives of our students through this institute. They will come back with increased confidence, a commitment to improve our community and the leadership skills to make a difference."

Applications for the CU Summer Leadership Institute must be received by April 1. The application is available at The cost is $250, which includes food, lodging on campus and books for the entire program. To learn more, e-mail Ayalon at

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