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Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki to speak Dec. 1 at Wofford

‘Challenge of Leadership’ topic for Hipp Lecture on International Affairs, National Security

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Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki, who led that state through the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will speak Monday, Dec. 1, at Wofford College on “The Challenge of Leadership” in the annual Hipp Lecture on International Affairs and National Security.
The 7 p.m. program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The Hipp Lecture is sponsored by Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr., class of 1982, chairman of American Defense International Inc. in Washington, D.C.

“When you hear the name George Pataki, one word quickly comes to mind – leadership,” Hipp says. “He is the textbook example of a leader, and he provided exemplary leadership to the people of New York during his three terms as governor and especially on 9/11 and its aftermath. We are honored to have him at Wofford.”

Pataki served three terms as governor of New York, from 1995 through 2006. After the attacks on 9/11, he promoted the toughest anti-terrorism laws in the country. He also combined pro-business policies with award-winning initiatives in renewable energy and environmental protection. Since 2006, Pataki has promoted alternative energy infrastructure worldwide through the Pataki-Cahill Group and has deepened his understanding of European affairs.

Pataki recently has been quoted in the news media on the 2016 presidential race, and his own name has been discussed as a possible Republican nominee for president.

Founded in 2011, the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security was designed to create signature events at Wofford College. The goal of these events is to capture the attention of students and the public, and draw them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. Hipp is personally involved in the selection of each speaker, along with Dr. William DeMars, professor and chair of Wofford’s Department of Government, and a committee of faculty colleagues.

Hipp is a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and is now chairman of American Defense International Inc. in Washington, D.C. He serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union and on the National Capital Board of the Salvation Army. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army, where he oversaw the bulk of the mobilization for Operation Desert Storm. He appears regularly on major news networks including Fox News and CNN as an expert commentator. For more, go to http://vanhipp.com/about-van-hipp/.