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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Former World Bank Official to Deliver King Endowed Chair Lecture
Ian H. Solomon

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2014) – Former World Bank U.S. Executive Director Ian H. Solomon will deliver the lecture, “Keeping Up with the Future: the Innovation Imperative for Global Institutions,” during the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy lecture series in the Browsing Room of Founders Library on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m.

In his lecture, Solomon will discuss World Bank governance and developments at the institution through the years. Solomon served as United States Executive Director from 2010 to 2013. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. As the U.S. Executive Director, he represented the United States, which is the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions. As U.S. Executive Director, he led World Bank initiatives in increasing data transparency, results management, and the impact of private sector investment in development. Solomon currently serves as the vice president of global engagement at the University of Chicago.

Solomon will be joined by James L. Hudson, Washington attorney and the former United States executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), who is facilitating this year’s lecture series. Hudson is leading several interrelated lecture programs focusing on the global economic and political impact of the recent recession. Hudson was appointed to the EBRD by President Obama.

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 many 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.”


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