SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Internationally known parachuting champion Cheryl Stearns will jump into action as a guest lecturer for Wittenberg ’s management department and School of Community Education (SCE), Nov. 14-15.
Stearns will speak to adult and non-traditional SCE students in a leadership class, taught by Elma Moore, director of the Adult Leadership Program for SCE, on Monday. She will also speak to organizational behavior classes on Tuesday about leadership skills.
Asked to come to Wittenberg by SCE student and management major Yuvonda Wells of Springfield, Ohio, Stearns will discuss the challenges and risks she has taken in her career.
“I admire her as a leader,” Wells said. “She never gives up. She has also persevered in an industry that is predominately male, and she makes the impossible seem possible.”
Stearns holds 30 world records in parachuting and has been the United States women’s parachuting champion 21 times. She also holds the Guinness World Record for the most parachute jumps (352) by a woman in 24 hours. After joining the Army in 1977, Stearns became the first female member of the Golden Knights, an elite parachute team.
As a pilot for US Airways, Stearns serves as a first officer in the Boeing 757/767. She also leads Project StratoQuest with a professional team of experts who are conducting research on the physiological effects of high-altitude freefall.
Recently, Stearns received a special Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Centenary award in Paris, where she was honored for her contributions to the development of air sports and aviation along with Buzz Aldrin, Steve Fossett and Bertrand Piccard.
- Sarah Gearhart '06
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