* Purdue Krannert School of Management

October 13, 2008

Ben Stein to headline annual Krannert Leadership Series at Purdue

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Lawyer, writer and actor Ben Stein will give the keynote address Oct. 23 at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management's eighth annual Leadership Speakers Series.

Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, and Purdue Provost Randy Woodson also will speak at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union. Tickets are sold out.

Proceeds from the ticket sales for the event are donated to scholarship programs for Krannert undergraduate and graduate students. Since its inception, the Leadership Speakers Series has raised more than $100,000 for scholarships.

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

* Amy Huntington will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1988 and her master's in management in 1993. Huntington is president and CEO of Juno Lighting, in Des Plaines, Ill.

* Cyndie Stringfellow will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Stringfellow received a bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1977 and is a finance manager for the University GYN/OB Foundation in Louisville, Ky.

* Jack Hughes will receive the John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award. Hughes, who earned his doctoral degree in 1974, is the Ernst and Young Chair in Accounting at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also is co-editor of the Review of Accounting Studies.

* Roland Parrish will receive the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Award. Parrish earned his bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1975 and his master's in management in 1976. Parrish, who owns and operates 19 McDonald's restaurants, is the CEO and president of Parrish McDonald's Restaurants of Dallas.

After dinner and prior to the start of Stein's presentation, Steve Webster will receive the Krannert Business Leadership Award. Webster, who earned his bachelor's in industrial management in 1973, is co-managing partner and president of Avista Capital Partners in Houston. A member of the Krannert Dean's Advisory Council, Webster is a frequent supporter of the Krannert School, having donated more than $4 million for renovations and programs.

Stein has worked as a poverty lawyer and a trial lawyer in trade regulation. A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, he also has worked as an educator at a variety of schools around the country, covering the political and social content of mass culture, political and civil rights and libel law and ethics.

From 1973-74, Stein worked as a speechwriter and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. His writing career spans both newspapers and magazines. He has or continues to write for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, E! Online and the American Spectator.

He has authored several books on mass culture and finance. His titles include "A License to Steal: The Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation;" "The View from Sunset Boulevard;" "Financial Passages;" and "Ludes." His most recent books include the humor self-help books, "How to Ruin Your Life;" "How Successful People Win: Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life;" and "26 Steps to Succeed in Hollywood … or Any Other Business," co-authored with Al Burton.

An actor, Stein has appeared in movies, on television and in commercials. His part as the boring teacher in "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" was recently ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film. From 1997 to 2002, he hosted the Comedy Central quiz show, "Win Ben Stein's Money."

The lead sponsor of this year's Krannert Leadership Speakers Series is Boston Scientific. Other sponsors are Saint-Gobain Containers, Bank of America, Accenture, Air Products, WellPoint, Susan and Bob Gadomski, Karl and Kathy Krapek, Duke Realty Corp., Grow Indiana Media Ventures, Lafayette Printing and the Purdue Alumni Association.

Speakers for the leadership speakers series, which began in 2001, have included 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; the late 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; NBC News journalist Andrea Mitchell; and former U.S. senator and Nobel Peace Prize nominee George Mitchell.

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079,

Source: Tim Newton, (765) 496-7271,

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