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Citadel News Service
29 Jan 2016

2016 Greater Issues Series presentations: David McCullough and Gov. Haley

Governor Nikki Haley and Author David McCullough at The Citadel

Two Greater Issues Series presentations will be held in coming weeks at The Citadel. The first will feature two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author David McCullough. The presenter for the second address will be Governor Nikki Haley. Both speeches will be attended by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and are also open to the public with limited seating available. This is the 62nd year the Greater Issues Series will present nationally and globally-known thought-leaders.

Greater Issues Series with David McCullough

Internationally acclaimed author and speaker, David G. McCullough, will deliver a Greater Issues Address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 2:15p.m., on Friday, Feb. 19, at McAlister Field House.

His 10 books include: The Path Between the Seas; Mornings on Horseback; Truman; John Adams; 1776; and most recently, The Wright Brothers. Among the 15 historical documentaries McCullough has presented or narrated are: The Civil War (Ken Burns); Huey Long; D-Day Remembered; The Statue of Liberty; and American Experience. His numerous awards include two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation’s lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

McCullough has earned 52 honorary degrees, and has been widely praised as one of America’s greatest historians. A citation from Yale, his alma mater, stated that he “paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character” and that, collectively, have “led a renaissance of interest in American History.”

McCullough’s Greater Issues Address will also be the inaugural presentation in the School of Humanities & Sciences’ Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Initiative in American Government and Public Policy, which seeks to document, and to learn from, examples of principled, bi-partisan, and effective leadership in pursuit of excellence for the public good.

Greater Issues Series with Governor Nikki Haley

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will provide the keynote address for the 9th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in McAlister Field House. The symposium is a nationally-lauded event held in conjunction with The Citadel’s Corps Day Weekend each year, during which the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and students delegates from other colleges focus on leadership and ethics.

Gov. Haley is expected to address this year’s symposium theme of Principled Leadership: Character, Courage, Community. This year's theme was selected by The Citadel’s Krause Center of Leadership and Ethics, which manages the event, to recognize and explore the Charleston community's united leadership effort in the wake of the tragedy the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, near The Citadel campus in June of 2015.

Nikki Randhawa Haley was re-elected as the 116th Governor of South Carolina in 2014. Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of Indian immigrants, Governor Haley’s first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a degree in accounting and was eventually elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004 to represent the 87th District, beating the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary.

During her tenure as Governor, Haley has brought together leaders of both political parties, educators and the business community to achieve major education reforms, as well as pension, Medicaid and illegal immigration reforms. Under her leadership, the state’s jobless rate has hit record lows, the state has announced more than 70,000 new jobs, and the state has made the largest infrastructure investment in a generation without raising taxes.

Seating for the public at the addresses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee to attend.

Per the colleges safety regulations, no boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, noise makers, umbrellas, beverage containers of any sort, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the field house. Food and drink are prohibited. Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, guests will not be permitted on the floor of the field house during the presentations.

Members of the media who would like to cover the presentations are asked to notify The Citadel Office of Communications and Marketing by emailing Kim Keelor at

About The Greater Issues Series

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage Citadel cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel, its cadets, students, faculty and staff, and the Charleston community.


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