Spring Greater Issues schedule announced
Gov. Mitt Romney and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering are both scheduled to give Greater Issues addresses this spring. Greater Issues addresses take place in McAlister Field House at 11 a.m. and are free and open to the public. Romney will speak Feb. 23, and Pickering will speak March 7.
Romney is currently governor of Massachusetts. For three years he served as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit, oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization to ensure public safety and led one of the most successful Olympics in the country’s history.
Pickering is currently senior vice president for international relations for The Boeing Company where he oversees international affairs, including those with foreign governments. The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2001, his diplomatic career spanned an impressive five decades. As a career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served as ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His speech is being co-sponsored by the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum.
The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.