The planning committee for the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life has named Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim as the Symposium's first-ever keynote speaker, Chair James L. Vincent announced today. The Symposium is scheduled for September 4 at Genesee Community College. Mr. Boeheim will discuss the subject of leadership with current and emerging business and community leaders. Each year, the Symposium will bring a speaker with a regional or national reputation to Genesee to discuss some facet of leadership.
The planning committee set "Leadership and Perseverance" as the theme for this year's symposium. The committee recruited Mr. Boeheim because he exemplifies the qualities of perseverance and dedication, said Charles Cook, President and CEO of Liberty Pumps and Publicity Chair of the event. "In this day and age, we see a lot of instability, and people selling and buying businesses and moving around from place to place every few years," Mr. Cook said. "But here's a guy who stayed the course, who lived his commitments, and who worked hard to build his team and his university. He is a very dynamic and highly-respected leader."
Mr. Boeheim's keynote address will be held at 7:00 that evening. The Symposium will include other events, including a panel discussion featuring local business leaders (4:00 p.m.); a buffet dinner (5:30 p.m.); and an informal reception with Coach Boeheim following the keynote address (approximately 8:00 p.m.).
Although Jim Boeheim was the focus of extensive national media coverage after the Syracuse Orangemen won the 2003 NCAA championship, he has received recognition for his coaching leadership throughout his coaching career, spent entirely at Syracuse.
Mr. Boeheim, a native of Lyons, New York, began his association with Syracuse when he attended college and played basketball there, graduating in 1966 with a degree in Social Science. He then became Syracuse's golf coach and a graduate basketball assistant. He was named assistant basketball coach in 1972 and head coach in 1976. He ranks fourth among Division I coaches in winning percentage of games. The success of Syracuse's team led to the construction of the 33,000 seat Carrier Dome in 1984. In 2002, SU trustees officially renamed the basketball court at the Carrier Dome the "Jim Boeheim Court."
The coach has received numerous awards and accolades for his coaching and leadership abilities. They include:
· The Claire Bee Award, presented to an active Division I coach who has made extraordinary contributions to his sport.
· Syracuse University Letterwinner of Distinction.
· Induction into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
· District II "Coach of the Year" seven times by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
· BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year three times.
· Recipient of the Arents Award, Syracuse University's most prestigious alumni honor.
The Wolcott J. Humphrey Symposium on Leadership and Community Life will provide practical leadership tools for current and future community leaders and will serve as a lasting memorial to Mr. Humphrey, according to Mr. Vincent, CEO of L-Brooke Farms and a friend and business associate of Mr. Humphrey. Jay Humphrey had been active in numerous community and business organizations throughout his life. He was one of the earliest members of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation, and he had served as a college trustee since 1996. Shortly before his death, his colleagues had elected him Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Coach Boeheim has been a strong supporter of charitable causes over the years. Through "Coaches vs. Cancer" he has helped the American Cancer Society raise millions of dollars for cancer research. Other charitable causes include the Kidney Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cystic Fibrosis Society, Children's Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pioneer Center for the Blind and Disabled, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and numerous other causes. "To have a speaker so committed to the needs of others as our inaugural symposium speaker is a wonderful tribute to Jay Humphrey," Mr. Vincent said.
Seating is limited. Reservations for the event are $25, which cover the cost of dinner and other expenses of the event. Reservations may be made by calling the Genesee Community College Foundation at 345-6809.