Press Release

HLGU to Host Leadership Assembly

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hannibal, MO—Hannibal-LaGrange University will be holding a Freshman Seminar Leadership Assembly on Friday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parker Theatre.

The featured speaker for this event will be Steve Hemphill, a human rights activist who has traveled internationally to work with Muslim communities. He will address the freshman students about leadership and the importance of developing leadership skills during this time in their lives.

Hemphill graduated from William Jewell College with majors in Political Science, Religion and Philosophy. He continued schooling at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and graduated with a Juris Doctor.  From that he began his career as an assistant prosecutor.  Not long after beginning his career, Hemphill was asked to serve as the General Counsel to the Republican members of a full committee of the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.  Hemphill was appointed as the Senior Legal Adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and later became the highest ranking diplomat in the Baghdad Embassy concerned with the Ministry of Justice.  Gannet Newspapers published his journals from his time in Baghdad.  After his time in Iraq, Hemphill spent 5 years in Kosovo serving with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.  He was the Human Rights Adviser for Security Issues. 

For more information, please contact Karry Richardson, freshman seminar coordinator, at 629.3016 or krichard@hlg.edu.  This event is open to the public.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations