by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 18, 2012 – General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), who has devoted more than 50 years to public service, holding senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, will kick off Southeast Missouri State University’s 2012-2013 Speakers Series Oct. 2.
He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. The event, which is open to the public, is titled “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust, and Values.”
Powell has served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, making him the first African American to ever serve in this capacity. Under President George W. Bush, Powell also served as Secretary of State. Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. Among the many U.S. Military awards and decorations Powell has received are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. His civil awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal and the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. In addition, he has also received awards from over two-dozen countries to include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Currently Powell is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, on the board of Bloom Energy, and chairman of the Advisory Board of Leeds Equity Partners. He is also chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowships, a cross-cultural program for emerging international leaders.
Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.