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On Friday, September 22, retired General Michael Dunlavey presented “Leadership in a Troubled World.” to over 100 students and visitors on the campus of Lake Erie College. His motivational speech was part of an afternoon event designed to give potential honors students from area high schools the opportunity to learn about the honors program at Lake Erie College.
In his speech, Judge Dunlavey urged students to become leaders, asserting that leaders are made, not born. He also outlined what he believes to be the characteristics of true leaders. Among the qualities he identified were “courage in their beliefs,” “magnanimity in their dealings with others,” and “perseverance in the face of adversity.” Above all, he said, “leaders do the right thing,” and challenged students to always do what they believe to be “the right thing.”
Dunlavey also shared a number of experiences from his time working at various government institutions, such as the Terrorism Threat Interrogation Center, the National Security Agency and the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. As an authority on today’s troubled world, General Dunlavey discussed his personal views on such issues as terrorism, foreign policy and civil rights. At the conclusion of his speech, he also took time to answer the students’ questions.     
Judge Dunlavey graduated from the University of Notre Dame and served in the United States Army for four years. He later received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo and established a private practice in Pennsylvania concentrating in complex civil litigation. Dunlavey also served as an assistant District Attorney for Erie County, Pa., was elected to the Court of Common Pleas and later served in the Army Reserve where he was promoted to Brigadier General and was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. He was later promoted to Major General, and then General at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland. Shortly after 9/11, Major Dunlavey was personally chosen by the Secretary of Defense to create and establish and interrogation center and system to house al Qaeda, Taliban and other terrorists from around the world in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. General Dunlavey successfully completed that mission in November of 2002 and returned to the National Security Agency. In August of 2003, he was assigned to the new Terrorism Threat Integration Center as the associate director for Homeland Security. He has recently retired from the Army and returned to civilian life.    
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.
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