Look who's talking

Speakers hosted by Pamplin last spring included a former U.S. Secretary of Education, an executive turned whistleblower, and an editor of The Economist.

William J. Bennett
William J. Bennett

William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, host of the nationally syndicated Morning in America radio show, and author gave the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture, The Promise of America in Challenging Times. Drawing on his extensive experience in education, government, and the private sector, Bennett discussed a range of political, cultural, and educational issues.





Mark Whitacre
Mark Whitacre

Executive turned whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in the 2009 movie The Informant! discussed the international price fixing conspiracy that he exposed at the Archer Daniels Midland Company in the mid-1990s as the featured speaker in the Symposium on Business Ethics, co-sponsored with the Virginia Tech Student Engineers’ Council.





Greg Ip
Greg Ip

Greg Ip, U.S. economics editor of The Economist, discussed the outlook for the economy and economic policy as the featured speaker in the BB&T Distinguished Lecture. The BB&T lecture series is part of a Pamplin teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s courses, undergraduate and graduate, examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets.


Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Spring 2014

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