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"America 2013: Challenges and Opportunities" Featuring Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah; former U.S. Ambassador to China

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The Woodrow Wilson School will welcome former governor of Utah and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, for a public talk on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Huntsman will discuss "America 2013: Challenges and Opportunities," at a lecture cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Benjamin H. Griswold III, Class of 1933, Center for Economic Policy Studies, and the China and the World Program at the Wilson School.

Governor Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world including U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently as U.S. Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011.

Huntsman was twice elected to Utah's governorship and served from 2005 – 2009.  As governor, he brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business.

Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region. Huntsman also ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Huntsman currently serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and The University of Pennsylvania. In addition he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and as chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

The event will be archived online for later viewing on the Woodrow Wilson School’s web media site –

Audience: Free and open to the public

Location: Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Date/Time: 04/19/13 at 4:30 pm - 04/19/13 at 6:00 pm

Category: CWP

Department: Woodrow Wilson School