On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the President's Forum Series will welcome Ronald A. Tschetter, Director of the Peace Corps.
His lecture, “Peace Corps: How Far Will You Go?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. Tschetter will be introduced by one of his predecessors, Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan, who headed the agency from 1995 to 1999.
“Ron Tschetter brings a wealth of experience to the Peace Corps. His own service as a Peace Corps Volunteer has provided valuable insight to the agency,” said Gearan. “He is a dedicated and enterprising leader and it is an honor to welcome him to the HWS campus.”
Tschetter is the 17th director of the federal agency and the third to have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Along with his wife, Nancy, Tschetter volunteered with the Peace Corps in India from 1966 to 1968, where they served as community health workers.
He will discuss the vitality of today's Peace Corps as it establishes a new presence in countries such as Cambodia and begins working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology, business development, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
Before becoming Peace Corps Director, Tschetter was president of D.A. Davidson & Co., headquartered in Montana, the largest full-service investment firm in the Northwest.
Tschetter has served on the Securities Industry Association Sales and Marketing Committee and on the New York Stock Exchange Regional Firms Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Family Hope Services and of Courage Center. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.; Chairman of the Board of Daystar U.S., a member of the Board of Directors of Daystar University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Director of the Community Bank of Plymouth, Minn.
Tschetter holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social studies from Bethel University.
His talk will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM.