McConnell Center’s Strategic Broadening Seminar announces 2016 graduates

(July 1, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The McConnell Center honored its third class of U.S. Army Strategic Broadening Seminar (SBS) graduates.
McConnell Center’s Strategic Broadening Seminar announces 2016 graduates

UofL's Strategic Broadening Seminar Class of 2016

UofL president James Ramsey and McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg congratulated and bestowed challenge coins to the third class of UofL’s SBS graduates. U.S. Army Col. Sue Bryant, Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, and Pentagon representative Robert MacMullen, deputy division chief for Headquarters Department of the Army G/3/5/7, served as keynote speakers for the event.

UofL’s SBS is administered by the McConnell Center in partnership with the university’s office of military initiatives. The 28-day course is designed for mid-career soldiers to expand their horizons on strategic issues while honing their professional development skills through research-intensive, small-group projects. Soldiers earn more than 150 hours of professional development leadership credit.

U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited the soldiers during this year’s program, discussing leadership lessons in local and national governance, as well as corporate management. Other highlights included visits to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, the Ford Truck Assembly and Moonshine University.

The program culminated with a strategic capstone team project, consisting of a team presentation and academic paper, demonstrating the students' application of the curriculum. Students presented their findings before a panel including Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Bryant and MacMullen. 

Graduates of the 2016 Strategic Broadening Seminar are:

  • Major David Walliser
  • Major Thelma Piper
  • Major Derrick Carter
  • CSM Luther Legg II
  • SGM Shelly Gadison
  • MSG Linda Lee-Tucker
  • MSG Catherine Murillo
  • MSG James Kelly
  • MSG Eric Dawson
  • CPT Peter Agboli
  • CPT Karl Buckingham
  • CPT Gary Loten-Beckford
  • CPT Robert White
  • CPT Eric Andersen
  • CPT Stephen Brooks
  • CPT Juan Remy
  • CPT Roger Mehle
  • CPT Cameron Marlow
  • CPT Brian McFarland
  • CPT Curtis Tuggle
  • CPT Jane Thomas
  • SFC Jeremy Tomlin
  • 1SG Terrina Anderson
  • 1SG Edwin Dirck
  • CW2 Ronald Page
  • CW3 Sebastian Christensen
  • CW3 Kylene Lewis
  • CW3 Michael Hoskins
  • CW3 Robert Hunter
  • CW3 David Facio

About the McConnell Center

The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville was established in 1991 by Kentucky’s senior U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to educate, mentor and support Kentucky’s most outstanding young leaders. The Center regularly conducts educational programs for teachers, students (both high school and college), as well as the general public focused on developing a strong knowledge of American history and fostering creative thinking about the possibilities and problems of citizenship in the twenty-first century. The Center has grown a national reputation for leadership education and has hosted notable figures including U.S. President George W. Bush and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, CIA Director David Petraeus, Secretaries of State from Colin Powell to Hillary Clinton, Secretaries of Defense including Leon Panetta and numerous other national figures and award-winning scholars. For more information about the McConnell Center, visit