Rural Leader Magazine is a premier digital publication dedicated to highlighting everyday people doing extraordinary things in small communities nationally and abroad. The publication was the brain child of Dr. Kuanita Murphy, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief. She developed the idea in response to a dissertation study on leadership in rural communities, while at the University of Phoenix. Initially launched in March 2014, Rural Leader Magazine received a glowing response and thousands of views in 18 countries, including the United States.
The publication is a vehicle to showcase the phenomenal things occurring in small communities, leadership best practices, and success stories. Annually, Rural Leader Magazine recognizes leaders in various genres, such as
· 40 under 40 Honors: recognizes young leaders under 40 from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The forty chosen honorees are featured in the September issue with the top four featured on the cover, and the winner announced during the luncheon honors. Nominations are accepted annually online beginning March 1st.
· 20 under 20 Honors, which celebrates distinguished high school and college freshman students under 20 who have made outstanding academic achievements and service to community;
· Best Small Town Restaurant honor showcases an outstanding culinary mom and pop establishments throughout the U.S.;
· 50 under 50: In 2016, the June issue will feature fifty exemplary leaders under 50 throughout the U.S. Nominations will begin April 1st.
· Small Town America’s 100 Most Influential People-recognizes influential leaders in small communities throughout the U.S. in a variety of genres such as business, health, local government, law enforcement, music, art, faith-based, nonprofits, education, and sports. A few of the 2015 Honorees include Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Retired Lt. James Williams both of Albany, Georgia; Thomas “Pokey” Davis and Donnel Harvey both of Shellman, Georgia, Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips both of Leesburg, Georgia, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Honorees are featured in the December 2015 issue at GetRuralLeaderMag.com