SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Mike Pence, the 48th vice president of the United States, will give a lecture at Wofford College at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Leonard Auditorium. The event will be free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Pence’s visit is part of the college’s Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security. The public can register for the event online beginning at noon on Friday, Oct. 14. Click HERE to register. Possession of a ticket does not guarantee entry to the lecture. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person must have an e-ticket/QR code and valid ID to enter.

The college will livestream the event at this LINK.

"Mike Pence has served our nation with distinction as a U.S. congressman, governor and vice president of the United States, where he led America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Van Hipp, founder of the college’s Hipp Center for National Security and Foreign Policy.“We are honored to have him at Wofford College and thrilled for students to have the opportunity to hear from an American statesman of this stature."

Pence, a Republican, was vice president of the United States from 2017 to 2021 under President Donald Trump. He previously was the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, and he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.

While in Congress, Pence’s committee assignments were agriculture, judiciary, small business, international relations, foreign affairs and the Select Committee to investigate voting irregularities in 2007.

The Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security is part of the Hipp Center for National Security and Foreign Policy. It was founded in 2011 to create signature events at Wofford with the goal of capturing the attention of students and the public while drawing them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. 

The lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr., class of 1982, chairman of American Defense International Inc., a Washington D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations. Hipp is a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army.

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 1,800 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 20 NCAA Division I athletics teams.