Former governor, ambassador in Paterson University election lecture

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:16

    WAYNE-Former California Gov. Pete Wilson and Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke to Open William Paterson University's 25th Season of the Distinguished Lecturer Series with a debate on the presidential campaign. Wilson, a proponent of educational reform and stronger national defense, and former Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, a premier negotiator within business and diplomatic settings, will engage in a discussion about the upcoming presidential election as William Paterson University begins its 25th season of the Distinguished Lecturer Series on Oct. 15. Wilson is scheduled to advocate for President Bush , and Holbrooke will speak in support of Senator Kerry. Tickets, $32, are available at the Shea Center Box Office on Oct. 11. For ticket availability, and to purchase single tickets, please call the box office at 973-720-2371 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Additional ticket prices include $30 for senior citizens, William Paterson faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for William Paterson students; and $14 for students from other schools. All lectures begin at 8 p.m. in Shea Center on campus; parking is free. Wilson, who has served more than three decades in the public arena, was instrumental in helping California overcome its economic downturn while remaining focused on the state's long-term priorities. During his eight years as governor, he also enacted educational reforms, which have been referred to as the "education renaissance." He initiated numerous programs including individualized testing of all students, teacher competency and training, and a lengthier instructional year. As a U.S. senator, Wilson called for early implementation of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. He co-sponsored the Federal Intergovernmental Regulatory Relief Act, which required the government to reimburse states for the cost of new federal mandates. Wilson's fiscal conservatism also earned him the title of "watchdog of the treasury." He also recently served as co-chairman for Arnold Schwarzenegg-er's gubernatorial campaign Holbrooke, a former diplomat, was instrumental in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia. He helped to bring the U.S. back into good standing with the United Nations through a series of reductions in dues and assessments. Holbrooke, who was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994, also served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs for President Clinton. He has written numerous articles and books including, "To End a War," a memoir of the Dayton negotiations, and was co-author of "Counsel to the President." He has received numerous awards including seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Holbrooke is also currently vice chairman of Perseus, a leading private equity firm. William Paterson's Distinguished Lecturer Series is presented by the William Paterson University Foundation, the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Programming Board.