The Center hosts a forum each spring. In this gathering, prominent national leaders discuss important issues. Forum themes rotate among the topics of character, citizenship, and the work ethic, which are core values of College of the Ozarks. Occasionally, there are special topics featured. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors participate in the exchange of ideas during lectures and small group discussions. Thanks to a generous endowment from the Thoreson Foundation, the Center invites cadets from each of the nation’s U.S. Military Academies at the annual forum. Along with College of the Ozarks students, their discussions focus on the importance of character in developing leadership skills.
Former forum speakers include Former President George W. Bush, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, and Harris Faulkner.