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Last modified: Monday, October 9, 2006

SPEA to host Ambassador Randall L. Tobias at Capitol Hill colloquium

Randall L. Tobias

Oct. 9, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ambassador Randall L. Tobias will be the featured speaker at the Capitol Hill Colloquium and Reception for the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The bi-annual colloquium will be held at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (Oct. 10).

Tobias, who earned a bachleor's degree from Indiana University in 1964, serves as administrator for USAID, the principal government agency responsible for U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide. He was concurrently nominated and confirmed as the director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. In March, he began serving in both positions, which fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. State Department.

"We are deeply honored to have Ambassador Tobias join us in Washington," said Astrid Merget, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. "His insight into U.S. foreign affairs is a perfect fit with our commitment toward fostering smart policy and stronger communities throughout the world."

Prior to his current position, he was the first U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and was responsible for launching the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and directing all international HIV/AIDS assistance from the U.S. government. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company from 1993 to 1999 and also has been chairman and chief executive officer of both AT&T International and AT&T Communications.

SPEA's bi-annual Capitol Hill colloquium brings together alumni in the capital area as well as the school's student interns and their sponsors in the SPEA Washington Leadership Program. SPEA has previously hosted former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, who served as a member of the 9/11 Commission, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a global leader in public policy and management, environmental science and managing the relationship between the two. The school is committed to teaching, research and service in public and non-profit management, public policy, environmental science, arts administration and health administration. SPEA has earned national distinction for innovative educational programs and was ranked in the top three graduate programs in its field in 2005's U.S. News and World Report.

Reporters are welcome at the event. Contact Jenny Cohen, SPEA, for details: 812-855-6802 or