Press Release for Wednesday, March 1, 2006

U.S. News Editor Discusses Leadership in America at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

David Gergen, editor-at-large for U.S. News&World Report, will speak about “Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus. This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council.

The public can order tickets for this free lecture online at Click on the 2006 Lectures link. World Affairs Council members can reserve complimentary tickets by calling (904) 280-8162. This event is sponsored by UNF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, The Kahn Family Foundation and the St. Joe Company.

Gergen has been a commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to several presidents for the past 30 years. He worked mostly as a journalist for nearly 10 years and for almost three years as editor of U.S. News&World Report, where he teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary every Friday night on the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.”
In the past, Gergen has served in the White House as an adviser to four Presidents—Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as counselor to the President and then as special adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. In 2000, he published a book titled, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.”

He is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and regularly serves as an analyst on various news shows. In addition to lecturing around the world, Gergen is active on many non-profit boards and is chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Ford Foundation’s program on Innovations in American Government.

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues.