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Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker Database

2020-2029:

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2014

Eric Greitens
former Navy SEAL and best-selling author

Col. Lee Ellis
former Vietnam POW, leadership consultant and author

Dr. Ben Carson
neurosurgeon and NYT best-selling author

Col. Dave Grossman
author of "On Killing"

2013

George Will
conservative syndicated columnist

Bill Simon
President and CEO of Walmart US

Mike Beebe
Governor of the state of Arkansas

Stephen Moore
senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal

2012

Karl Rove
political strategist and senior advisor to President Bush

Star Parker
Founder and President of CURE

Condoleezza Rice
former Secretary of State

Victor D. Hanson
author and historian

2011

Paul Sperry
newsmen and author

Richard Picciotto
highest ranking firefighter in WTC on 9/11

Steve Forbes
President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine 

Tommy Tuberville
Head Coach Texas Tech University

2010

Bob Backel & Cal Thomas
political strategists and columnists

Gen. Richard Myers
15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Staff

George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

Laura Ingram
author, commentator and radio host

2000-2009:

2009

Cynthia Copper
World Comm auditor

Nonie Darwish
author, Arabs for Israel founder

Ben Stein
economist, author, actor

2008

Truett Cathy
Founder and CEO of Chick-fil-a

Dinesh D'Souza
author, Reagan policy analyst

Steve Forbes
President, CEO and Editor-in-chief Forbes Magazine

Fred Gray
Veteran Civil Rights Attorney

David Barton
 Founder and President of WallBuilders, Inc.

2007

Herman Cain
former President and CEO Godfather's Pizza

Levy Mwanawasa
President of Republic of Zambia

LTC Steve Russell
Unit captured Saddam Hussein

Vicente Fox
former President of Mexico (2000-2006)

Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika
Ambassador of Zambia

Janice Rogers Brown
Federal Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals

2006

Don Soderquist
former Senior Vice Chairman of Walmart

Sean Hannity
television and radio political analyst

Zell Miller
former Governor and Georgia U.S. Senator 

Jose Maria Aznar
former President of the Government in Spain

2005

Scott Waddle
former U.S. Navy commander

Gracia Burnham
survivor of captivity by rebels in Philippines

Cheri Pierson Yecke
U.S. Department of Education

John Ashcroft
Attorney General under President George W. Bush

J.C. Watts
athlete, statesman and minister

2004

Michael Medved
film critic, author and radio talk show host

David Barton
author, historian and Founder of Wallbuilders, Inc.

General Tommy Franks
former Commander in Chief

Deena Burnett
widow of Tom Burnett, passenger on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001

2003

Jim Ryun
Congressman, 2nd District of Kansas

Asa Hutchinson
under Secretary Border and Transportation Security Department of Homeland Defense

William J. Bennett
distinguished fellow at Heritage Foundation and co-director of Empower America

Khalil E. Jahshan
Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

2002

Dinesh D'Souza
author of "What's so Great about America?"

Walter E. Williams
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Barbara Bush
former First Lady

General Wesley K. Clark 
former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

2001

Randall Mott
Senior Vice President and CIO at Dell Computers 

Judge Kenneth W. Starr
former Independent Counsel (August 1994-October 1999)

Houston Nutt
Arkansas Razorbacks Head Football Coach

2000

Colin Powell
retired general and former Chairman of the U.S. Joints Chief of Staff

Lech Walesa
1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Poland

Governor Frank Keating
Governor of Oklahoma

1990-1999:

1999

Dr. Leland R. Kaiser
healthcare consultant

Heather Whitestone McCallum
Miss America 1995, first women with a disability to win

Rep. Asa Hutchinson
Congressman from Arkansas 3rd District

Dr. James Dobson
author and founder of Focus on the Family

John Major
former Prime Minister of Britain

1998

Mikhail Gorbachev
former President of the Soviet Union

Lamar Alexander
former Tennessee Governor and candidate for President

Bobby Bowden
Florida State University Head Football Coach

Linda Chavez
columnist and President of the Center for Equal Opportunity

1997

Armstrong Williams
television and radio host

George Bush
America's 41st President

Gary L. Baur
Family Research Counsil President

Gov. Mike Huckabee
Governor of Arkansas

1996

Congressman Tim Hutchinson
Congressman for Arkansas 3rd District

Captain Scott O'Grady
Air Force pilot shot down over Bosnia

Brian Mulroney
former Prime Minister of Canada

Lynne Cheney
Chairman of National Endowment for the Humanities (1986-1993) and advocate for improving education

Ron Townsend
President of Gannett Television Group

1995

John H. Sununu
Co-host of CNN's nightly "Crossfire" and Chief of Staff to President Bush

Jack Kahl
CEO and Chairman of Manco, Inc.

Lady Margaret Thatcher
former Prime Minister of Great Britian

Count Hubert de Germiny
specialist in international relations

1994

Malcolm Forbes, Jr.
President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief fo Forbes Magazine

Dr. George Lebo
NASA scientist, worked on Hubble Telescope project

Rob Bremer
"How to Maximize your Greatest Asset — Your Employees"

Dan Quayle
former Vice President

Fred Barnes
columnist and news commentator, editor for The New Republic

James Humes
actor, historian, politician

1993

Dick Cheney
former Secretary of Defense

Michael Medved
film critic and author

George R. Walther
author and sales consultant

Jim Burnett
former Chairman of the National Transportation and Safety Board

Brian Bex
President of American Communications Network - The Brian Bex Report, Inc.

Cal Thomas
Syndicated Newspaper columnist

Gerald W. Ebker
Vice President of IBM

Sidney Moncrief
former basketball player for Arkansas Razorbacks & Milwaukee Bucks

Paul Craig Roberts
Chairman of Institute for Political Economy

1992

Jim Cathcart
speaker and expert on human relations seminar

Robert D. Novak & Bob Beckel
American Issues Debate

Admiral Stansfield Turner
Admiral of the U.S. Navy and former Director of CIA

Barbara Sanfilippo
management seminar speaker

Dr. Alan Keyes
former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Affairs (1985-1987)

1991

Alexander Akhtyrsky
Director General of All-Union National Radio in Russia

Eugene McCarthy & James Watt
American Studies Debate

Dr. Tony Alessandra
author and speaker on relationship strategies 

Benazir Bhutto
former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Khalil Jahshan
Executive Director of National Association of Arab-Americans

William Buckley, Jr. 
Editor of National Review

Harvey MacKay
"How to Swim with the Sharks"

Dith Pran
journalist and Cambodian Holocaust survivor 

1990

Dr. Bill Cox
Chairman of Dal-Tile

Robert Jones, M.D.
Professor of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, cardiovascular fitness research

Admiral William Crowe
former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Howard Baker, Jr. 
Senator and former Chief of Staff

Brian Tracy
sales seminar

Edwin Meese III
former U.S. Attorney General

Ken Hatfield
former Arkansas Razorbacks Head Football Coach

Ken Adleman
former Director U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, former Deputy Ambassador to United Nations

Dr. John Lee
"Personall and Time Management"

1980-1989:

1989

Tommy Robinson
Congressman

John Akers
CEO of IBM

Frank Carlucci
former Secretary of Defense

Dr. Denis Whaitley
author and speaker on "The Psychology of Winning"

Robert Bork
Supreme Court Nominee

David Eisenhower
grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower and author of "Eisenhower at War"

Philip B. Crosby
quality guru, management seminar

Fran Tarkington
management consultant, former Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants quarterback

1988

Jack Shewmaker
Wal-Mart Officer

Dr. Kenneth Cooper
fitness expert

William Bennett
former Secretary of Education

Og Mandino
author, sales seminar

John Naisbitt
author and analyst of Globalization

Dr. Ken Blanchard
author of The One-Minute Manager

Thomas Sowell
economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author

1987

Zig Ziglar
author, salesman, motivational speaker

Henry Kissinger
Secretary of State under two presidents

Gene Stallings
St. Louis Cardinals Head Football Coach

William Stephens
Chairman of Triad Corp.

J. Peter Grace
CEO W.R. Grace Company

Robert Ferrell
author on Harry S. Truman

Michael Novak
noted theologian, author and diplomat

Howard Phillips
The Conservative Caucus

1986

Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Kenneth Cooper
aerobics and fitness expert

John Breighton
former Space Shuttle pilot

Lyn Nofziger
Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan

Clarence Pendleton
Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Herbert Kellher
CEO of Southwest Airlines

1985

Sen. Dale Bumpers
former Arkansas Governor, Arkansas Senator

Manuel Esquivel
Prime Minister of Beli

1984

Paul Carter
former CFO of WalMart

Patrick J. Buchanan
Senior Advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan

Alex Haley
author of Roots

Peter Jenkins
journalist and author of "A Walk Across America"

1983

Arkady Shevchenko
former Soviet Diplomat

James Watt
former Secretary of the Interior

Zig Ziglar
author, salesman, motivational speaker

1982

J. Gary Shansby
marketing and management expert

Marva Collins
teacher and educational activist

1980

Milton Friedman
economist, statistician and writer

Alexander Ginzburg
Russian journalist, poet and human rights activist

Will Sampson
Native American and artist

James J. Kirkpatrick
editorial columnist and grammarian

Eric Sevareid
CBS News Journalist and War Correspondent

1974-1979:

1979

Richard DeVose
Founder of Amway

William Simon
former Secretary of the Treasury

1978

Maj. Gen. John Singlaub
Founding Member of the CIA

Strom Thurmond
North Carolina Senator (1954-2003)

William Colby
former Head of the CIA

1977

Sen. Sam Ervin
investigated Joseph McCarthy and Watergate

Gen. Moshe Dayan
former Minister of Defense for Israel

1976

Gen. William Westmoreland
former U.S. Army Chief of Staff

1975

Paul Harvey
American Radio Broadcaster

1974

Howard K. Smith
journalist, news anchorman and political commentator