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Jack Kemp to present Vickers Lecture

Bob Dole's vice presidential running mate to deliver annual address March 27



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Jack Kemp, familiar to many Kansans as Bob Dole's vice presidential running mate, will present the 2006 Vickers Memorial Lecture March 27 at the University of Kansas, KU School of Business Dean William L. Fuerst has announced.

Jack Kemp

Kemp, a former congressman and presidential cabinet secretary who is now an influential businessman and chairman of two companies with global interests, will present "America's Global Leadership Imperative" at 7 p.m. in the Lied Center. The Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the business school, is free and open to the public.

Before his election to Congress in 1970, Kemp played 13 years as a professional football quarterback. He was captain, quarterback and most valuable player for the Buffalo Bills when the team won the American Football League Championship in 1965.

Kemp was secretary of housing and urban development before becoming the 1996 Republican vice presidential running mate nominee. Today he is founder and chairman of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm, and he serves as chairman of the board of directors of FreeMarket Global Limited (FMG), a company he co-founded in 2003 with William Hickman.

FMG conducts merchant banking, trading and investment activities with global interests in natural resources, energy markets and real estate.

FMG assists developing economies in maximizing their assets in ways that promote good public policy.

Kemp is the Vickers Lecture series 38th speaker. The series, named for J.A. Vickers, KU alumnus and founder of Vickers Petroleum Company, and his son, Robert, began in 1969 and has brought to KU such distinguished presenters as George H. W. Bush, Yitzhak Rabin, Donald Rumsfeld, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Kenneth Starr.

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