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Leadership development expert serves as Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce the next speaker in its 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer Series—Dr. Matthew Kutz, an award-winning author, professor, Fulbright Scholar, and leadership development expert. Dr. Kutz, who will speak on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center, will offer his presentation, Abandoning the Status Quo and Embracing Chaos and Uncertainty as a New Fundamental Life Skill. This talk is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.

Dr. Kutz’s life’s work focuses on high-level leadership, outstanding organizational performance, and cultivating a globally-minded workforce for the 21st Century; in a sentence, his goal is to help people and organizations “lead better and learn the skills that produce flexibility, change, and resilience.” His teaching, research, and leadership development interests are in reaching the highest levels of corporate performance and facilitating all facets of leadership and change initiatives.

He is the founder of the Roundtable Group, LLC, a consulting and training firm specializing in leadership development workshops, and he created www.ciprofile.com, a website designed to assess contextual intelligence. His training programs and Contextual Intelligence Profile has been used by executives, managers, members, and staff at multinational and Fortune 500 companies, universities, professional associations, governmental agencies, and NGO’s.

Dr. Kutz was a 2013 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences and is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University.

He has written more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and two books. His textbook on leadership and management is used in allied health care education programs around the country. His most recent book, Contextual Intelligence: Smart Leadership in a Constantly Changing World was honored for Innovation and Cutting-Edge Perspective by the University of San Diego’s 2013 Leadership Book Awards; and he has been the recipient of several other awards, including: outstanding research and scholarship, faculty service and service‐learning awards, teaching awards, outstanding alumni awards, and multiple Who’s Who awards.

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Kutz was, and still is, a Licensed Athletic Trainer and has served as an athletic trainer for USA Track & Field and as a consultant for the Honduran and Rwandan National Olympic & Sport Committees. He leverages his experience with elite athletes to bring practical and real insight to his leadership development programs.

Dr. Kutz earned his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Anderson University in 1995. He earned Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and in education from the University of Toledo in 1997. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in global leadership with a specialization in organizational and corporate management from Lynn University in 2006. ​He now lives in Ohio with his wife Angie and their two sons.

The University’s Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1999. Each year, the UDLS Committee sponsors four to six speakers who come from Maine and beyond, representing a range of disciplines and viewpoints. While the emphasis tends to be on featuring visiting academics, it is not exclusively so. The speakers typically spend two days at the University meeting with classes and presenting a community lecture.

All are invited to attend Dr. Kutz’s distinguished lecture. For more information about the event, contact UMPI’s Community and Media Relations Office at 207-768-9452 or email umpi@maine.edu. For more information about Dr. Kutz and his leadership development work, visit his website at www.matthewkutz.com.