WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Add another big name to the list visiting Purdue University during its 150th anniversary celebration. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak in West Lafayette on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The visit is part of the Ideas Festival for Purdue's 150th anniversary celebration. The Giant Leaps Series has brought notable names including former first lady Laura Bush, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and 'Chopped' host Ted Allen, among others. Earlier this month, Purdue announced Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz will visit just days before the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Rice was the 66th U.S. Secretary of State. The event will be free, and more details will become available in the fall.
Rice was secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005-2009. She was the first African American woman to hold the position. She also has served on staff at Stanford University as a professor of political science since 1981. She also has won two of the highest teaching honors, the Walter J. Gores for Excellence in Teaching in 1984, and the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993, according to a news release.
She holds a bachelor's and doctorate degree from the University of Denver and a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
You can find more on Purdue's "Giant Leaps" campaign here.