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George Shultz to speak, March 15

Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will give a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in McCosh 50.

The lecture, titled "A Conversation With George Shultz," is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Shultz was appointed as secretary of state by President Reagan in 1982 and served as the chief U.S. diplomat for seven years, playing a key role in implementing foreign policy that brought about the end of the Cold War and the development of strong relationships between the United States and countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

A member of Princeton's class of 1942, Shultz has combined academics and government service in a long and distinguished career. 

After earning his Ph.D. in industrial economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shultz served as a member of President Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers. He also was a faculty member and dean at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Appointed U.S. secretary of labor in 1969, he went on to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget and secretary of the treasury and to chair the Council of Economic Advisers under President Nixon.

In 1974, Shultz left government to become president and director of the Bechtel Group for eight years. He also taught at Stanford University before becoming secretary of state.

After leaving office in 1989, Shultz became director and senior counselor at Bechtel, professor of international economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. In January 1989, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 1971, Princeton presented him with its Woodrow Wilson Award, given annually to an alumnus in recognition of distinguished achievement ''in the nation's service.''

Shultz has written and co-written a number of publications, including his best-selling 1993 memoir "Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State." 

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