Former presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson will keynote the seventh annual World Leaders Forum on Apr. 20, 2017.
The soft-spoken, thoughtful contender didn’t wind up the chosen Republican candidate. But he will be the featured speaker at an event that has previously hosted such political notables as President George W. Bush, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Noted Gene Crume, president of Elgin, Illinois-based Judson University, which is hosting the event: “The goal of the World Leaders Forum has always been to inspire our students and community to become the future leaders that our world needs. Dr. Carson’s life story and unmatched history of accomplishment from medicine to politics is an outstanding example of leadership that we are honored to welcome to Judson University.”
Added Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain: “Dr. Carson continues a seven-year tradition of exceptional individuals and diverse viewpoints that Judson University has brought to our community and to the World Leaders Forum.”
Named one of the nation’s top 20 physicists and scientists by CNN and Time magazine in 2001, Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his pioneering work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest award for civilians.
Carson currently serves as the national chairman of My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan organization that focuses on motivating Christian Americans to vote.
Judson University is a private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions that offers degrees in more than 65 different majors and minors.