Harrogate, Tennessee, August 31, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host nearly 2,000 high school seniors from across the region for a special program designed to energize and inspire them as they embark on their senior year. The Lincoln Leadership Summit will take place on Friday, September 7, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee.
The day-long event will feature a keynote address from radio and television personality Hallerin Hilton Hill. He is a Renaissance communicator who moves people with ideas on the radio and on television, through music and words. His philosophy is to “grow and help others grow.” Hill has been a top-rated drive-time radio talk show host in Knoxville for more than 27 years. He has been voted Best Talk Show Host by his loyal listeners and was recently named one of America’s top talk show hosts by Talker’s Magazine. For over a decade he’s produced and hosted the television show Anything Is Possible. His guests have included Governor Bill Haslam, Pat Summitt, Chris Whittle and numerous others. Hill has worked with the DIY Network, has appeared in national TV commercials and served as narrator/host for several documentaries, including one on the life and work of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. He is the author of the best-selling self-help book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which is also the cornerstone for his wisdom coaching enterprise. Hill is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he studied communications.
In addition to Hill, WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit will share how education has shaped her life. A native of North Carolina, Wilhoit has called East Tennessee home for more than 25 years. She started her reporting career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tennessee, before joining the news staff at WBIR in 1992. In 1998, she joined long-time Channel 10 anchor Bill Williams at the news desk, where she has stayed for the last 20 years. Wilhoit is passionate about issues involving women and children. She is a member of several community organizations including Variety of East Tennessee, A Children’s Charity, The Next Door and The University of Tennessee School of Nursing advisory board.
Dr. Jody Goins, LMU vice president for enrollment, athletics and public relations, will emcee the event. Following the speakers, participants will rotate through a series of college preparatory and leadership building activities.
A year ago, LMU teamed with GEAR UP TN to host a similar program. The University has expanded the reach of the program, which it hopes to make an annual event, to include schools outside GEAR UP TN’s service area.
GEAR UP TN is a federally-funded college access program that aims to expand the college-going culture in Tennessee and empower students to succeed. Funded through a seven-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, GEAR UP TN works with collaboratives in 15 counties across the state to promote college readiness and success.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].