Dr. Ted Thomas, Director of the Department of Command and Leadership in the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will present Teaching Leadership to Combat Leaders and the Effects of PTSD as part of the 2014 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program at WKU.
The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. March 25 at Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture also will be available via Adobe Connect; for information, visit http://www.wku.edu/cebs/news_and_events/2014/boyd-lubker.php
The presentation will focus on the unique challenges associated with teaching leadership to men and women who recently return from combat who experience combat stress resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Thomas supervises more than 35 civilian and military department members who develop and deliver leadership curriculum for the 10-month-long resident Command and General Staff Officer Course. More than 1,400 resident students annually attend the course, with representation from 80 plus countries across the globe and members from each branch of the armed services. His department performs professional curriculum development and instructional duties associated with the development, revision, evaluation and presentation of subjects in leadership, ethics, media relations, resilience, critical reasoning principles and creative thinking techniques for the resident courses. His department also performs the same for the non-resident courses, which teach another four thousand plus students annually. He also assists in running an annual ethics conference for the Army at Fort Leavenworth.
Dr. Thomas served 20 years in various command and staff positions before retiring as a battalion commander in 1998. He is recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), National Defense Service Medal, DeFleury Medal Recipient (Honorary Engineer Medal), Ranger Tab (Honor Graduate), and Master Parachutist Badge.
About the Boyd-Lubker program: In 2000, the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program was created through a gift by Drs. Bobbie and Lynn Lubker in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Boyd. The program provides resources for bringing to campus each spring a scholar who will both give a general audience presentation and also meet with various campus groups and the community.
Contact: Lisa Duffin, (270) 745-6324.