by Max Brantley
OBU NEWS RELEASE
ARKADELPHIA—Presidential Candidate and Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will visit Arkadelphia on Monday afternoon, September 24, to deliver a lecture at Ouachita Baptist University.
Governor Huckabee, a 1976 graduate of Ouachita, will appear on behalf of the university’s Center on Education and Public Policy (CEPP), a program Huckabee conceived in 2003 with former Ouachita President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland. The program was realized in 2007 under Ouachita’s newly instated president, Dr. Rex M. Horne, Jr. The CEPP is designed to be a non-partisan resource on educational reform issues to educators, parents, community members, and policy makers at the local, state, and national level.
Huckabee is the first guest lecturer in the CEPP’s lecture series. Dr. Terri Hardy, director of the CEPP and former Education Policy Advisor for Governor Huckabee, said, “We are excited that Governor Huckabee is willing to take time away from his presidential bid to return to his alma mater and share his insights about education policy.
Ouachita President Rex Horne, Jr., will introduce Huckabee and preside over a question and answer session following the lecture.
“I am delighted that Mike Huckabee is able to join us, despite his busy campaign schedule,” said Horne. He added that Huckabee is an example of the kind of speaker he wants Ouachita students to hear, “men and women who are ‘difference makers’ in our world today.”
“I have known Governor Huckabee for many years,” Horne added. “I admired his distinguished career as a churchman and for more than a decade in public service as our governor. I am delighted to welcome him to his alma mater where our campus is anxious to hear him.”
Governor Huckabee will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the Jones Performing Arts Center on the OBU campus. In addition to the students, faculty, and staff of the university, the public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Guests will be admitted to the hall beginning at 3:00 p.m.