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October 10, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921


Author, commentator and presidential adviser David Gergen
will speak on November 7
as part of Clark College’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Clark College Distinguished Lecturer David GergenVANCOUVER, Wash. – David Gergen, author, commentator, best-selling author and adviser to presidents for 30 years, will speak at Clark College on November 7 as part of the college’s Distinguished Lecture Series.   The topic will be:  “Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America.”

David Gergen is currently a professor of public service at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership. He is also editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report. In earlier years, he served as a White House advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

David Gergen will speak at 7 p.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center.  Admission is free but seating is limited.   Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

In addition to his keynote address, David Gergen will hold a discussion forum for Clark College students from 4-5 p.m. in Rooms 258 B&C of the Penguin Union Building.

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “We are proud to bring nationally-known newsmakers such as David Gergen to Clark College and Southwest Washington.  Our Distinguished Lecture series provides learning opportunities outside of the classroom.  It affirms our commitment to lifelong learning.” 

Knight noted that the college focuses on important social issues when planning the distinguished lecture series.  “In 2005, when Clark College became the first tobacco-free campus in Washington State, we invited Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, the former tobacco industry executive who blew the whistle on the industry's health safety issues.  Last May, with the debate over the war in Iraq dominating the news, we welcomed former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke,” said Knight.  “As we head into the 2008 presidential campaign, the national focus is on leadership for our country’s future.  David Gergen brings unique insights to that discussion.”

Clark College is the educational sponsor in a joint bid with the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (MERC) of Portland to host one of the 2008 presidential debates.   The Commission on Presidential Debates is expected to announce the debates sites in mid- to late October.

David Gergen’s appearance is sponsored by Clark College, the Clark College Foundation and the Bank of Clark County. 

About David Gergen

Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents – for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to first serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international adviser to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

David Gergen is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. Gergen also regularly serves as an analyst on various news shows, and he is a frequent lecturer at venues around the world. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-selling book titled, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.”

In the past, Gergen has served in the White House as an adviser to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as Counselor to the President and then as Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. He returned to private life in January 1995.

From 1984 to 1993, David Gergen worked mostly as a journalist. For some two-and-a-half years, he was editor of U.S. News. Working with the owner and Editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman and a revived staff, he helped to guide the magazine to record gains in circulation and advertising. During that period, he also teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary every Friday night for five years on the “MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour.” The two were a popular political team and won numerous accolades for their political coverage.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, David Gergen is an honors graduate of Yale University (A.B., 1963) and the Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1967). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. In addition, Gergen served for three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy, where he was posted for about two years to a ship which was home-ported in Japan.

Gergen is active on many nonprofit boards and is Chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Ford Foundation’s program on Innovations in American Government. He frequently lectures here in the United States and overseas and holds fifteen honorary degrees.

Gergen has been married since 1967 to Anne Gergen of England. She is a family therapist and they live in Cambridge, Mass. They have two children, Christopher and Katherine.

Information about David Gergen's role at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the Center for Public Leadership is available at http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/leadership.

Information about David Gergen's work at U.S. News and World Report is available at www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/dgergen.htm.

About the Clark College Distinguished Lecture Series

The Clark College Distinguished Lecture Series was established to bring regionally and nationally renowned speakers to the college to engage students, faculty and the greater community on issues of regional, national and global importance.   

The 2006 Clark College Distinguished Lecturer was Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, the former tobacco industry executive who blew the whistle on the industry's health safety issues in a landmark 60 Minutes interview and became the basis for Russell Crowe's character in the film “The Insider.”

In May 2007, the college welcomed Distinguished Lecturer Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar and author of “Against All Enemies.”


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