Tom Hutton

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — The Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will host its Fourth Annual Leadership Conference at 8:00 a.m. April 4, 2002 at The Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

“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 Crisis-Proof Leadership. The Leadership Conference is designed to bring community members together for a day of leadership learning and discussion. The event features Blaine Lee, Ph.D., an internationally known facilitator. Lee is vice president of the Franklin Covey Company and directs the monthly Covey Leadership Week, which draws top executives from all over the world.

Through courses taught in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and online, the Graduate School of Public Affairs provides the only 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 7,000 students annually.