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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Prominent Attorney James L. Hudson to Lead
Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair Lecture Series
WASHINGTON (September 24, 2013) –The Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair lecture series has selected James L. Hudson, prominent Washington attorney and the former United States executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as the facilitator for this year’s lecture series.
James L. Hudson

Hudson will lead several interrelated programs focusing on the global economic and political impact of the recent recession. Hudson has many accomplishments in business, law and public service in both governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Hudson most recently served as the U.S. executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a position he was appointed to by U.S. President Barack Obama. He has been involved in development projects valued at more than $2 billion, including the Northeast Corridor Improvement program for Amtrak and ConRail and the redevelopment of Reagan and Dulles National Airports.

For more than 15 years, Hudson served as the managing partner of Hudson Leftwich & Davenport, a law firm that he co-founded, which specializes in advising private and public infrastructure and real estate developers. Hudson sits on the board of directors for Public Television’s WETA-TV and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.

Richard McCormack, Ph.D., senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, will kick off the annual lecture series in the Browsing Room of Founders Library on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. The title of McCormack’s lecture is “Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the Economic Crisis: The View from the United States.”

Established in 2008 with Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King’s $1 million donation to Howard University, the chair is intended to encourage highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard to share their experiences with current students. The Kings, who are both Howard alumni, inaugurated the chair to reflect their years in public service and the media.

Gwendolyn Stewart King graduated from Howard University in 1962 with degrees in French and education. She went on to 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 the Pulitzer Prize for what the committee called his “against the grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom.”

Richard McCormack


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