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Citadel News Service

For Release
Jan. 13, 2005


 Greater Issues Series names two speakers for spring

           The spring 2005 Greater Issues Series will feature a former U.S. senator turned university president and a top executive from Wal-Mart.

           Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in Vietnam as a Navy SEAL, will present the March 3 Greater Issues address as part of a collaborative effort with the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum. Thomas M. Coughlin, vice chairman of the board of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will talk to cadets, faculty, staff and guests on April 12.

           Kerrey is president of New School University in New York City and a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States (the 9-11 Commission). A Democrat, he represented Nebraska in Washington, D.C. for 12 years before retiring in 2001. Before that he was governor of Nebraska.

           Coughlin is responsible for the U.S. operations of retail giant Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUBS, as well as Walmart.com. He joined Wal-Mart in 1978 and has served in various capacities. He was elected to the board of directors in 2001.

           The Greater Issues Series aims to engage cadets' interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established in 1954, the Greater Issues Series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

           Greater Issues addresses begin at 11 a.m. in McAlister Field House and are free and open to the public.


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