Contact: Lynn Stewart,
Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 (day) or 868-1067 (evening); Judy
McNeil, Centenary Forerunners/Senior Adult Education, 869-5115; or Dr.
Jodi Campbell, Convocations Committee Chair, 869-5185
Buddy Roemer to Speak
on "Louisiana's Oriental Connections" Sept. 20 at Centenary College
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Former
Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer will speak twice on Thursday, Sept.
20 at Centenary College.
His topic will be "Louisiana's
Oriental Connections" at a public lecture at 11:10 a.m. sponsored by the
Convocations Committee and at 2 p.m. when he kicks off the Fall 2001 series
of the Centenary Forerunners, the college's lifetime learning classes formerly
called the Senior Adult Education program.
Both programs will
be held in Kilpatrick Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the north
side of the Smith Building, which is at the corner of Kings Highway and
The Forerunners program
will also include the introductions of the Fall 2001 instructors who will
teach a wide range of non-credit courses in the Forerunners series, designed
mostly for those over age 50. Registration for the fall courses will
occur that day as well as weekdays Sept. 17-25 from 10 a.m. to noon and
2 to 4 p.m. at 869-5115.
Roemer served as governor
of Louisiana from March 1988 through January 1992. As governor, he was
viewed as a strong reformer, who stressed the four E's: economic development,
ethics in government, environmental balance and education. During his term
as governor, the first campaign finance reform legislation in the history
of the state was passed.
Prior to serving as
governor, Roemer represented Northwest Louisiana as a U.S. congressman
from 1980-87. As a congressman, he was a member of the "boll weevils,"
a group of primarily Southern, conservative Democrats.
He is president of
Roemer and Associates, a Louisiana company that specializes in foreign
trade and investment, concentrating on Central/South America and China.
He is also one of the founding members of the Business Bank of Baton Rouge.
Roemer earned a bachelor's
degree in government and politics from Harvard College in 1964 and the
MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967. He received an honorary doctorate from Centenary in 1989.
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