Lawrence H. Summers Featured Speaker for Fall 2012 Distinguished Lecture Series at Trinity University

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Mary Anthony
Aug. 27, 2012

Lawrence H. Summers Featured Speaker for Fall 2012 Distinguished Lecture Series at Trinity University

His remarks will focus on 'Issues Shaping the 2012 Election'

SAN ANTONIO - Lawrence H. Summers, director of the White House National Economic Council from 2009-2010, is the featured speaker of the 2012 Trinity University Distinguished Lecture Series scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Laurie Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis and tickets or reservations are not required.

Lawrence SummersFormer Harvard president, Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, and director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration, among other prestigious posts, Summers is the only social scientist ever to receive the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award for Scientific Achievement. He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Summers was the chief White House adviser to President Obama on the development and implementation of economic policy; he led the President's daily economic briefing and was a frequent public spokesman for the Administration's policies. He served as the architect of the Recovery Act and other job creation measures and the Financial Stability Program. As co-chair of the President's Auto Task Force, he led the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry. He also played a leading role in managing international economic relationships and international climate negotiations, developing the President's health care plan, and opening the broadband spectrum.

As president of Harvard from July 2001 to June 2006, Summers was an advocate of reform in higher education. He served as a key policy maker in the Treasury Department throughout the Clinton administration, ultimately serving as Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001. At the end of his term, Summers was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the Treasury Department's highest honor. Prior to joining the Treasury, he served as chief economist of the World Bank, where he developed a deep interest and expertise in the economies of developing countries. He is the 1993 recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal for his work in several fields of economics.

The Trinity University Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment gift from Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brown Sr. of San Antonio. For more information, contact Mary Anthony in the Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.