Hon. William Hudnut is Slated as Keynote Speaker for 2007 Wolcott J. Humphrey III Leadership Symposium

Batavia, New York — Hon. William Hudnut III, former member of Congress and former mayor of Indianapolis will be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life. Mr. Hudnut will speak about the subject Consolidation: Redesigning Our Future? Mr. Hudnut is a nationally recognized expert on governmental consolidation and collaboration.

The Symposium is scheduled for Monday, September 17, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. The keynote address will begin at 9:00 am following registration and continental breakfast. Reservations may be made by calling the Office of External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x6234.

William H. Hudnut III was a four term Republican mayor of Indianapolis from 1976-1992. He represented the Indianapolis area in Congress from 1971-1973. He is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church and acted as the senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. After his tenure as Indianapolis mayor, Hudnut also served as the mayor of Chevy Chase, MD.

As a mayor, Hudnut established a national reputation for revitalizing his city, and came to be regarded as an entrepreneurial leader willing to take prudent risks. His stated goal as mayor of Indianapolis was to build a "cooperative, compassionate and competitive" city. He established a national reputation for revitalizing his Midwestern city and spearheaded the formation of a public-private sector partnership that led to Indianapolis' emergence during the 1980s as a major American city. A past president of the National League of Cities and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Hudnut helped Indianapolis record spectacular growth during his sixteen years in office.

Prior to his entry into public life, as a clergyman he served churches in Buffalo, NY, Annapolis, MD, and Indianapolis, IN. After stepping down as Mayor, Hudnut held posts at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, and the Civic Federation in Chicago, before assuming his current position as the Urban Land Institute/Joseph C. Canizaro Chair for Public Policy at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, a non-profit Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting quality land use and influencing public policy through research and education.

The Symposium begins at 8:00 am with registration and a continental breakfast followed by Mr. Hudnut’s keynote address. After a brief intermission, breakout sessions will explore the financial impacts of consolidation and political barriers to consolidation. Lunch will be served at 12:15 pm followed by a full group panel discussion to conclude the Symposium.

Family and friends of Wolcott J. (Jay) Humphrey III, who died suddenly in September 2001, established the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life in his memory. Mr. Humphrey, who served as President of Pavilion State Bank (now part of Five Star Bank) at the time of his death, was one of the region’s foremost civic leaders and a strong proponent of leadership development.

The Symposium brings speakers with a national or regional reputation to Genesee Community College to discuss some facet of the subject of leadership. Past speakers have included Syracuse University Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, Paychex CEO Thomas Golisano, and Dr. Donna Fernandes, President and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo.

“The goal is to encourage local business and professional people to think about the subject of leadership in new and different ways – and to leave the symposium with practical ideas they can use to build and improve their own businesses and professional lives,” said 2007 Symposium Chair Peggy Marone.

For further information please call the Genesee Community College Office of External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x6234. 

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