Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley will give the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture at Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., in Burruss Auditorium.

Bradley, who is also a Basketball Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, Rhodes Scholar, and bestselling author will discuss American politics, culture, leadership, and ethics in his talk, “Leadership in a Changing World.”

The talk is free and open to the public, no tickets required. For assistance, call (540) 231-9457. Find parking information online.

A three-time All-American basketball player at Princeton University, Bradley received a degree in history, graduating with honors in 1965. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he earned a graduate degree after studying politics, philosophy, and economics.

Bradley went on to be a star professional basketball player for the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977, during which time the Knicks won two NBA championships. Bradley was also a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in basketball in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. In recognition of his contributions to the sport, Bradley was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, Bradley concentrated on tax reform, global trade, healthcare, water resources, and U.S. intelligence agencies. An exchange program he created has brought thousands of Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, and other high-school students to live with American families. He ran for president in 2000.

Bradley is a managing director of investment bank Allen & Company and serves on Starbucks’ board of directors. His SiriusXM satellite radio show, “American Voices,” features his interviews with people from all over the country.

He is former chief outside adviser to the non-profit practice of management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and a former senior adviser and vice chairman of the International Council of J.P. Morgan. He served as an essayist for CBS Evening News and was a visiting professor at Stanford University, Notre Dame University, and the University of Maryland.

Bradley has authored six books on American politics, culture, and economy, including Time Present, Time Past, his 1996 bestselling memoir; Values of the Game, the 1998 bestselling book of basketball-inspired essays; and Life on the Run, about being on the road as a professional basketball player and a sports classic since its publication in 1976. His latest book, New American Story, discusses politics and the ideas needed to fulfill America’s promise.

The Cutchins Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and the Pamplin College of Business and is also held in celebration of Founders Day. The center aims to educate students about leadership and prepare them to be leaders of integrity and ability. It is named in honor of the late W. Thomas Rice, who is a 1934 civil engineeering alumnus, retired railroad industry executive, and former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The lecture series is named for the late Clifford A. Cutchins III, who is a 1944 accounting alumnus and a former bank chairman and rector of the Board of Visitors.

 

 

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