Purdue President to Focus on Higher Ed in Lambeth Lecture

Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. will discuss “How Much ‘Higher’ is Higher Education?” for UNC’s 12th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy on Sept. 24.

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.

The lecture — open at no charge to the public — is set for 5 p.m. in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium.

Daniels has had a distinguished career both in public service and in the private sector. Before becoming the 12th president of Purdue University in 2013, he was twice elected Indiana’s governor and previously served as director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush and chief of staff to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar. He has been CEO of the Hudson Institute — a Washington, D.C.-based think tank addressing public policy on defense, international relations, health care, technology, culture and law — and president of North American pharmaceutical operations for Eli Lilly & Co., headquartered in Indiana.

At Purdue, he launched a series of initiatives called Purdue Moves that address challenges facing higher education: affordability and accessibility, transformative education, world-changing research and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) leadership. As governor, he introduced a series of reforms aimed at improving the performance of state government and fostering Indiana’s economic development, including initiatives in health care, education, infrastructure investment, and budget and tax reform. He is the recipient of multiple awards for good governance and is a frequent contributing columnist to The Washington Post.

Daniels earned a bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

The lecture series, presented by UNC’s department of public policy, is named for the 1957 UNC graduate and former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. It was endowed in 2006 to bring to campus distinguished speakers who are practitioners or scholars of public policy, particularly those whose work addresses education, ethics, democratic institutions and civic engagement.

Lambeth served as administrative assistant to then-Gov. Terry Sanford ’39 (’46 LLBJD) and to then-U.S. Rep. Richardson Preyer. Later, for more than two decades, he was executive director of the Reynolds Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $260 million to address many of North Carolina’s most pressing policy issues, particularly social justice and equity, governance and civic engagement, education, community-building and economic development, and protection of the state’s natural environment.

Lambeth is a recipient of the GAA’s Distinguished Service Medal, the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Davie Award for service to UNC. He is a past chair of the GAA Board of Directors. He now chairs the GAA-sponsored Tar Heel Network, which supports the University’s goals and priorities through advocacy with legislators, and he serves on the GAA Board of Directors.

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• Video and text of previous Lambeth Lectures


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