President Bill Clinton, the first recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service, will be the keynote speaker at the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum on November 18th at Michigan State University. The award and forum, announced in September, were established through a $1 million gift to MSU from Blanchard and his wife, Janet Blanchard. Governor Blanchard said the program honors distinguished leaders in politics, diplomacy, public service and journalism, and gives MSU students and others “a chance to meet them and be energized by them.” “The goal of this lecture series is to provide generations of students, faculty and people in the MSU community with the opportunity to hear and learn from national and international political leaders and others,” said Blanchard, former Michigan governor, U.S. congressman and ambassador to Canada. “We are honored that President Clinton will be here at MSU,” Blanchard said. “His public service in government, followed by his excellent work through the Clinton Foundation, is exactly the type of dedication and inspiring story we hoped to bring through the Blanchard Forum.” The Blanchard Forum and statesmanship award are administered by the Department of Political Science in MSU’s College of Social Science.
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