Six-term, former governor of Vermont and former chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean will join the spring 2010 President’s Forum Series on Thursday, March 25.
A physician and former presidential candidate, Dean currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. Dean also serves as a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.
Dean will bring his expertise to bear on health care and the future of national politics with a talk, titled “Obama, the President of the New Generation,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Opera House.
Building a lifelong career in public service, Dean transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont and went on to serve as Governor for 12 years-the second longest serving in the state.
Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chair of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.
As chair of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Democratic Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.
Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.
He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.
The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Many speakers draw audience members from the surrounding cities of Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.
Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts. Andrew Donovan’12 will provide live tweets throughout the day.