Margo Baker, 262-3832

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — The Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will host its Fifth Annual Leadership Conference at 8:00 a.m., April 3, 2003 at El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House and Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs.

“The Leadership Conference is intended for community leaders and emerging leaders in southern Colorado,” Kathleen Beatty, Dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, said.

The theme of this year’s Leadership Conference is “Leading in Turbulent Times”. The Leadership Conference is designed to bring community members together for a day of leadership learning and discussion. The event features Mike Wuergler, an internationally known facilitator. Wuergler is a Senior Consultant with the Franklin Covey Company, which offers leadership training to top executives throughout the world.

Through courses taught in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and online, the Graduate School of Public Affairs provides the only state-supported graduate degree programs in public affairs in Colorado. It attracts students from throughout Colorado, the United States, and abroad. A recent ranking placed it in the top 14 percent of graduate schools of public affairs in the nation. This year’s Leadership Conference is partially sponsored by a grant from the Gill Foundation’s Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The Gill Foundation is a Denver-based philanthropic organization that supports quality community programs.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation.

The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,400 students annually.