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Richard Parsons to Deliver King Lecture on Leadership
 
Richard D. Parsons

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2012) – Richard D. Parsons, a former long-time member of the Howard University Board of Trustees and past chairman of Time Warner and former CEO of Citigroup, will deliver the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King lecture at Howard University at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Browsing Room of Founders Library.

Parsons will explore leadership development, strategies for success and current public policy issues facing our nation and the world. The seminar aims to introduce students to past and present theories of leadership, discuss the skills and traits associated with great leaders and offer a frame of reference for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of various leaders' actions in differing contexts.

WHO:

Richard D. Parsons, former Time Warner and Citigroup chairman

WHAT:

The Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Lecture

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Browsing Room, Founders Library, Howard University main campus

Parsons began his career as legal counsel to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and was later named managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. He served as chief operating officer of the Dime Bank, one of the largest U.S. thrift institutions. Parsons later joined Time Warner as president and rose to chief executive in 2002; he was named chairman in 2003 and remained until 2008. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the boards of Howard University, the Museum of Modern Art, Citigroup and Estée Lauder. Parsons has also advised President Barack Obama on economic issues. In March 2008, Parsons was appointed the first holder of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.

The Kings, who are both Howard alumni, inaugurated the endowed chair to reflect their years in public service and the media. Gwendolyn Stewart King graduated in 1962 with degrees in French and education. She developed a distinguished career including serving as commissioner of the Social Security Administration and as director of Monsanto Company, Marsh & McLennan Companies and Lockheed Martin Corporation, whose charitable awards program made the gift to Howard possible. Colbert King, who graduated in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in government, has had a similarly distinguished career, including 16 years at The Washington Post. In 2003, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for what the selection committee called his "against the grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom."


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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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