Gov. Jon Huntsman to Speak at Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Former governor of Utah, 2012 presidential candidate, and former U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore Gov. Jon Huntsman will join the long list of distinguished speakers of the Boe Forum on Public Affairs when he visits the Augustana campus later this fall.

Huntsman will discuss the “Geopolitics of China and the U.S.” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Elmen Center. Tickets for the event, presented by the Center for Western Studies, are free but are required. Tickets are available at

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Huntsman’s political career includes having served two terms as the governor of Utah. Under his watch, the state received several accolades, including being named the “best managed state” by the Pew Center on the States.

He has also served in several international political roles: he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, ambassador to Singapore and, most recently, China.

"The relationship between U.S. and China – two of the world's largest superpowers – is one that will define the future. Last year alone, more than $500 billion worth of goods were exchanged between the two countries. As a former U.S. ambassador to China, Gov. Huntsman is uniquely qualified to discuss how that relationship will impact global politics. We are excited to welcome him to campus and to the region," said Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies. 

Huntsman currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Co., Caterpillar Corp, Huntsman Corp., the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and since then, has garnered seven honorary doctorate degrees.

"Gov. Huntsman has a long history of building strong relationships domestically and abroad. As the world continues to ‘grow smaller,’ our students and members of the broader community will no doubt be impacted by his perspectives on global engagement," Thompson said.

About the Boe Forum

Through the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, the Center for Western Studies has hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders, including: Gen. Colin Powell (1995), President George H. W. Bush (1995), President of the former Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev (1996), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999), Jordan's Queen Noor (2001), Vice President Al Gore (2007), Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2007), President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf (2009), former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2010), former President of Ireland Mary Robinson (2011), and Jared Cohen (director of Google Ideas) 2012.

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