Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré speaks on Oct. 25

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

Leader of recovery efforts in wake of Hurricane Katrina to speak about leadership and preparedness

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 25, 2017)Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré brought calm and order to the chaos after hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. Honoré, who retired from the Army in 2008 after 37 years of service, will speak candidly about what it takes to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. He also is expected to address the recent controversy over the handling of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


“Leadership and Preparedness in the New Normal – 21st Century.” Honoré’s speech is hosted by the students in Kennesaw State’s Department of First-Year and Transition Studies and the Emergency Preparedness Learning Community. His book, Leadership in the New Normal, is one of their textbooks.


Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré commanded Joint Task Force-Katrina, leading recovery efforts in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. He collaborated with federal, state and local authorities to conduct response recovery and mitigation operations. Currently a CNN contributor on disaster preparedness and a senior scientist with The Gallup Organization, Honoré’s mission is to create a culture of preparedness in the U.S.


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2-3:30 p.m. Book signing follows immediately after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.


Burruss Building (Room BB150)

Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit