Colorado State University’s College of Business Hosts The Honorable Colin L. Powell April 30

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Colorado State University’s College of Business will host retired Gen. Colin L. Powell at 7 p.m. April 30 at Moby Arena on campus. Admission is free; however, a ticket is required for entry to the lecture. The doors to Moby Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

Powell’s lecture will address global leadership and diplomacy. Flash photography will not be allowed at any time during the lecture.

Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 at the Campus Box Office by calling (970) 491-4TIX or visiting The Campus Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center, is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. There is a limit of four tickets per customer.

Powell’s lecture is the culmination of “Leadership Month” at CSU’s College of Business. In honor and celebration of the grand opening of Rockwell Hall-West – the college’s new expansion – several renowned speakers will visit the College of Business during April, leading up to grand opening of the new expansion and Powell’s lecture on April 30.

Powell became the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001. As he stated at his confirmation hearing, the guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy during his tenure was that "America stands ready to help any country that wishes to join the democratic world."

Before becoming Secretary of State, Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 – 1993). During this time, he oversaw 28 crises including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.

That experience served him well, both before and particularly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the greatest tragedy on American soil since Pearl Harbor. As Secretary, he stood shoulder to shoulder with the President and the other members of the President’s cabinet in fighting the war on terrorism. As he often said, "winning that war is our first priority, and it will remain so for as long as necessary."

Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. He has received awards from more than two-dozen countries to include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Since returning to private life, Powell has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Powell is the founder of the Colin Powell Policy Center at his alma mater, the City College of New York, and he is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Powell is the author of his best-selling autobiography, “My American Journey.”