World Leaders Forum Event Featuring Retired Gen. David Petraeus Pushed to April 2021 | Judson University Christian College

Judson University’s World Leaders Forum Event Featuring Retired Gen. David Petraeus Pushed to April 2021

Gen Petraeus ELGIN, IL July 2, 2020– Due to continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to health and safety guidelines, Judson University announced today that its ninth World Leaders Forum featuring foreign policy expert and retired Gen. David Petraeus will be postponed to April 7, 2021 in Schaumburg.

“We believe dialogue with trusted world leaders is needed now more than ever and we’ve been proud to offer that to our community since 2011,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “By postponing this event in hopes of hosting it in person next spring, we can maintain the personal connection to significant global thought leaders that our community cherishes.”

“For the safety and well-being of our campus and community, we are grateful that Gen. Petraeus has graciously accepted our invitation for next April,” Crume said.

The World Leaders Forum will still be held off campus at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. A VIP reception with Petraeus will precede the program at 5 p.m., and the speaking program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the World Leaders Forum program and VIP reception featuring Gen. Petraeus are available to the public and can be purchased here.

Judson University's World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Chicago area to provide an opportunity for Judson students and community members to be inspired by significant thought leaders. Proceeds from the event fund the Judson Leadership Scholars program, innovative entrepreneurial activities and ongoing operations of the World Leaders Forum.

The bipartisan group of previous keynote speakers includes former President George W. Bush, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and most recently former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

About retired General David Petraeus

General David H. Petraeus served more than 37 years in the U.S. military, concluding his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat, including command of coalition forces during the surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Petraeus served as the director of the CIA during a period of significant achievements in the global war on terror. He currently serves as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, an arm of the global investment firm KKR. He is an honorary professor of the University of Birmingham in England and is a board member of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council and more than a dozen veterans service organizations.

Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger tab, and master parachutist wings, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned a doctorate in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Click here to download a photo of Petraeus for publication.

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