SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley will visit Wofford College for the Hipp Center for National Security and Foreign Policy’s Annual Lecture Series.

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Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, will give a lecture Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. The public is invited. A reception will follow.

“Gov. Beasley’s visit is very timely,” said Van Hipp Jr., a Wofford alumnus who has made the lecture series possible. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how food is distributed to some of the most vulnerable populations around the globe. Gov. Beasley’s leadership with the World Food Programme has made a difference in the lives of people all over the world. His leadership and achievements were recognized by their receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Many of us are also paying close attention to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan and the great need for relief in Haiti following the recent earthquake. Gov. Beasley will offer valuable insight on these and other issues. He has made all of us in South Carolina proud and we look forward to having him on campus and honoring him and the World Food Programme.”

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting global hunger. The organization, which is a branch of the United Nations, was the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Beasley has been its executive director since 2017.

He served as South Carolina’s governor from 1995 to 1999. After leaving office, he was a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2003.

Wofford College’s Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security was founded in 2011 to support conversations involving international affairs challenges and is part of The Hipp Center for National Security and Foreign Policy’s various programs. The center is possible because of generous donations by Hipp, the former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army, a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and the current chairman of American Defense International Inc., which is based in Washington, D.C.

Other Hipp Lecture Series speakers for the fall semester are Michael Ussery, a former ambassador to Morocco, and Paul Michael Wihbey, executive director of the Institute for the Geopolitics of Energy & Strategic Resources, who will discuss energy and the Middle East on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts.

Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,775 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is recognized consistently as a “best value” and for its commitment to student success and accessibility for low- and middle-income students. The college community has 12 sororities and fraternities as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.