November 03, 2015 11:30AM
Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott announced on Tuesday the establishment of an endowed speakers series designed to bring nationally prominent leaders and innovators to the campus. The inaugural speaker in the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life will be President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, who will deliver an address at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 23.
The new speakers series is made possible by a $2.066 million gift from alumnus and former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife, Linda.
“We hope that the exposure to these successful leaders will enhance the educational experiences for students and inspire them to some day be invited to speak about leadership on this same stage,” Lee Scott said.
President Steve Scott, who is Lee Scott’s brother, announced the new speakers series in the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in front of a crowd composed of media and members of the campus and community. The president said the series helps complete the vision for the Bicknell Center.
“When we set out to construct this beautiful facility, we did so with the vision of creating a new era of expanded opportunities by introducing our students, faculty, staff and citizens of the region to a wide range of artistic, enriching experiences,” Scott said. “Our goal was to bring to southeast Kansas musicians, artists, thinkers and performers who we’ve all heard about, but never thought we’d see in our region.”
The president recalled that within the first year of the Bicknell Center’s operation, it has hosted former first lady Laura Bush, nationally known entertainers and local productions. The first of three Broadway productions is set to begin in just weeks.
“Together, we have already accomplished so much...but believe it or not, there is one thing on our wish list that we haven’t accomplished,” Scott said. “That is to bring to the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, to this campus, and to this community a lecture series featuring speakers from various backgrounds and disciplines who all share one thing in common -- their stature as national and even international figures.”
President Scott said Linda and Lee Scott’s gift to establish an endowment to support such speakers is one of the most significant and distinctive gifts ever given to PSU.
“Its impact will be felt for years to come,” Scott said.
PSU officials said they expect the demand for tickets to President Clinton’s remarks to be great. Tickets will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9, and will range from $40 to $50 for the general public. There will be a limit of six tickets for any individual purchaser. Current and retired PSU faculty and staff will receive a $5 discount.
A portion of the 1,100 seats available in the hall have been reserved for students, who may purchase individual tickets for $15.
Tickets will be available at the PSU Ticket Office in the Weede PE Building at 1701 S. Homer, by phone at 620-235-4796, or online at www.pittstate.edu/tickets. For non-ticket related questions, please contact the Office of University Advancement, 620-235-4762