Spring Lecture to Focus on Military Leadership in Conflict

March 26, 2013

The W. R. Poage Legislative Library at Baylor presents its annual spring lecture, Leadership & Lessons Learned from a Decade of Conflict, featuring former Congressman Chet Edwards moderating a conversation with two lieutenant generals who served at Fort Hood.

The lecture will be held in Bennett Auditorium on Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m. Edwards, now the W. R. Poage Distinguished Chair for Public Service, will guide a conversation with retired Lt. Gen. H. G. "Pete" Taylor and retired Lt. Gen. Paul E. "Butch" Funk.

"Lt. Gens. Taylor and Funk are both respected military leaders who commanded Fort Hood and III Corps, which at one point represented approximately one-third of the U.S. Army's firepower in the world," Edwards said.

The Poage Spring Lecture highlights military leadership in honor of former Congressman Bob Poage, who played a key role in the establishment and growth of Fort Hood, which has sent many troops to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade.

"At a time when Baylor is emphasizing leadership development, attendees will learn practical leadership lessons from two highly respected military leaders, leadership principles that can impact their future careers in business, law, education or other fields," Edwards said. "Attendees will also hear the personal perspectives from two combat veterans about the military lessons learned from our nation's decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it is these lessons that could shape America's foreign policy in the decades ahead."

Funk currently serves as the president and CEO of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation, an organization whose mission is to "provide unique educational experiences for soldiers and their families and for the civilian community across the nation." He held various leadership roles within the Army, including platoon leader and commander of the III Armored Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. He served in Vietnam and in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq. Funk holds a doctorate in education from Montana State University.

Taylor served in the U.S. Army for more than 33 years and continues to serve military personnel and families. He is the founder and current chairman of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance and the founder and former chairman of the Military Child Education Coalition, chairman of the Texas A&M-Central Texas Foundation Board, vice chairman of the Greater Killeen Free Clinic Board and board member of the Clements Boys and Girls Club. Taylor received his undergraduate degree in physical education from Middle Tennessee State University and went on to earn a master's degree in political science from Kansas State University. Now retired, Taylor lives in Harker Heights. He has two sons, both active duty lieutenant colonels in the U.S. Army, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

"Having two former commanders of Fort Hood speak at Baylor on Leadership and the Lessons Learned from a Decade of Conflict will not only be a learning opportunity for Baylor students, faculty and staff, it will also remind Central Texans of the significant role Congressman Poage, a Baylor graduate, played in the development our nation's defense since World War II," Edwards said.

For more information about the lecture, please visit baylor.edu/lib/leadership.