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Author, Diplomat to Speak at Mercer’s Executive Forum on Oct. 6

September 1, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or

ATLANTA/MACON — Mercer University’s Executive Forum, presented by BB&T, will feature author and former diplomat James K. Glassman on Oct. 6. He will give a lunch presentation at the Capital City Club in Atlanta at noon and a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center on the University’s Macon campus.

Glassman is founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, a part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Previously, he served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from June 2008 to January 2009, leading the government–wide international strategic communications effort. Prior to his State Department post, from June 2007 to June 2008, he was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, directing all non–military, taxpayer–funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV. Since February 2010, Glassman has moderated “Ideas in Action,” a weekly series on public policy issues aired on more than 100 public television stations around the country. He was previously moderator of two weekly TV programs in the late 1990s: “Capital Gang Sunday” on CNN and “TechnoPolitics” on PBS.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He served as president of Atlantic Monthly magazine, publisher of New Republic magazine, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co–owner of Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the daily newspaper, The Crimson.  Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans.

Glassman has written three books on investing, including the recently released, Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence. His articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and various other publications.

From 1996 to 2008, he was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He was formerly a member of the policy advisory board of Intel Corp. and was senior adviser to AT&T Corp. and SAP America Inc.

The Executive Forum is a membership organization and is open to businesses, organizations and individuals. For more on membership, call in Atlanta at (678) 547-6392 or in Macon at (478) 301-2943 or visit

About the Executive Forum, Presented by BB&T
The Executive Forum, presented by BB&T, is a business outreach program of Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the Office of University Advancement. The Executive Forum provides business professionals with an opportunity to hear nationally noted speakers while networking with other business leaders. For more information, call Mercer’s Office of University Advancement in Atlanta at (678) 547-6392 or in Macon at (478) 301-4169 or visit

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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