* Krannert School of Management
* 50th Anniversary

August 9, 2007

Krannert leadership dinner honors alumni, features George Mitchell

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Former U.S. senator and Nobel Peace Prize nominee George Mitchell will give the keynote address Oct. 25 at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management seventh annual Leadership Speakers Series in Purdue Memorial Union.

Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, and Purdue President France Córdova also will speak at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union.

The lecture is part of Krannert's 50th anniversary celebration, which includes a number of guest speakers, alumni panels, musical activities and other festivities surrounding the homecoming weekend.

After dinner, the following Krannert alumni awards will be presented:

* Jerry Rawls will receive this year's Krannert Business Leadership Award. Jerry S. Rawls Hall is named for Rawls, who made the lead $10 million building gift. He is president, chief executive officer and director of Finisar Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif. He earned a master's degree in industrial administration in 1968 from the Krannert School.

* Gary Lehman will receive the Krannert School Distinguished Service Award. Lehman received a bachelor's degree from Krannert in 1974. He is president and CEO of Fairfield Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Lafayette.

* Eileen Bedell will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bedell received a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1974 and is owner of Hudson Valley Tennis Club and Blu Restaurant. She retired as a partner at Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, in New York.

* Frank Greene will receive the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Award. Greene earned his master's degree in electrical engineering in 1962. He is the founder and general partner of New Vista Capital.

Tickets for the Leadership Speakers Series are $100, of which $75 can be considered a charitable contribution in support of student scholarships. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,000. Specially priced tickets are available to Purdue students, faculty and staff.

Tickets may be reserved online and also are available by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271 or (800) 893-4108, The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 27.

Mitchell was a senator for 14 years and has remained active in international politics since his retirement in 1995. He may be best known for his appointment to the Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987.

Mitchell was Senate majority leader from 1989 until his retirement.  He also was director of The Walt Disney Co. from March 2004 until January 2007 and is now a partner in the global law firm DLA Piper US LLP.

Mitchell is the author of four books: "Men of Zeal," co-authored with his colleague, then-senator William S. Cohen, on the Iran-Contra investigation; "World on Fire," speaking to the threat of the greenhouse effect and recommending steps to curb it; "Not For America Alone: The Triumph of Democracy and The Fall of Communism"; and "Making Peace," an account of his experiences in Northern Ireland.

The lead sponsor of this year's Krannert Leadership Speakers Series is Boston Scientific. Other sponsors are Saint-Gobain Containers, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., LaSalle Bank, Accenture, WellPoint, Ice Miller, Purdue Alumni Association, Grow Indiana Media Ventures and Lafayette Printing.

Recent speakers for Krannert Leadership Speakers Series, which began in 2001, were basketball legend Bill Russell speaking on motivation, analytical thinking and leadership; the late Caspar Weinberger, former secretary of defense and chairman of Forbes magazine, who spoke on geopolitics, war and peace; political commentator Tim Russert; the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee; Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine and former presidential candidate; and NBC News journalist Andrea Mitchell.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 49402432,

Source: Tim Newton, (765)  496-7271,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Journalists wanting to cover the dinner should contact Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271,; or Maggie Morris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2432,

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