Spring semester edition of speakers kicks off with Gaddi Vasquez
(Feb. 11, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.– An assistant to George W. Bush, an adviser to Ronald Reagan and the leader of national anti-hunger and poverty agency are on tap as guests of the President's Forum Lecture Series. Kicking off the semester's lectures is Gaddi Vasquez, director of Peace Corps, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Albright Auditorium.
Vasquez came to Peace Corps in 2002 from the Southern California Edison Company, where he was division vice president of public affairs. He is the agency's first Hispanic-American director.
After working as a police officer, Vasquez embarked on a 22-year public service career, including service at the city, county, state and federal levels of government. He served in the administrations of former California Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis. He was twice appointed by former President George H. W. Bush to federal commissions.
Vasquez has a long record of activity in community affairs. He has served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the advisory board of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.
Vasquez's parents were migrant farm workers who instilled in him a strong work ethic and the desire to succeed despite adverse circumstances. A native of Carrizo Springs, Texas, he is the first member of his family to earn a college degree; he is a graduate of the University of Redlands, and has served as a trustee professor at Chapman University.
Other upcoming President's Forum speakers include:
• Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength and author of “The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back.” Shore will visit campus on Tuesday, April 13.
• David Frum, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and author of “An End to Evil,” and Peter Wallison, White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan will join the Forum on Thursday, April 22.
Established in the winter of 2000 by HWS President Mark D. Gearan, the President's Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff and interested community members. The talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend.