Westminster presents a Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies entitled “High Octane Diplomacy: Foreign Policy Advice for the Next President” by Mike Leavitt on Nov. 1, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory.
A public reception with Governor Leavitt will follow the lecture.
Mike Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In 1993, Leavitt was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993–2003). In 2003, he joined the cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003–2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005–2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.
Leavitt is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.