April 16, 2004

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Contact: Toni Dixon, School of Business, (785) 864-4449, tldixon@ku.edu.

Ex-Navy secretary, best-selling author James Webb to present lecture at KU

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Business and International Center for Ethics in Business have announced that former Secretary of the Navy and best-selling author James Webb will give the 2004 Walter S. Sutton Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Woodruff Auditorium of Kansas Memorial Union.

The lecture, "Perspectives of an American Ronin," is free to the public and tickets are not required. [A ronin is a Samurai warrior who has no master except the truth.]

Webb became secretary of the Navy in 1987, the first Naval Academy graduate in history to serve in the military and then become Navy secretary. He resigned a year later after refusing to agree with the reduction of the Navy's force structure during congressionally mandated budget cuts. More recently, he has been a strong vocal critic of President George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq.

Webb served with the 5th Marine Regiment in Vietnam and received the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He received his law degree from Georgetown University.

He has written six best-selling novels, including "Fields of Fire," considered by many to be the classic novel of the Vietnam War. His original story, "Rules of Engagement," was made into a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. He has traveled worldwide as a journalist, and his PBS coverage of the U.S. Marines in Beirut earned him an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Since 1993 the International Center for Ethics in Business and the KU School of Business have presented the Walter S. Sutton Lecture Series, made possible by Betsey G. Sutton in memory of Walter Sutton.

Walter Sutton received a bachelor's degree in business from KU in 1939. He served as managing partner for the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. before its merger with KPMG, which formed KPMG Peat Marwick. He served on the executive committee from 1954 to 1975.

The KU International Center for Ethics in Business is a cooperative effort of the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The center promotes individual and corporate integrity in U.S. and international business through research, service, and education in ethical principles and behavior. Co-directors are H. Joseph Reitz, professor of business, and Richard T. DeGeorge, distinguished professor of philosophy.

Previous speakers at the Sutton Lecture include William S. Kanaga, chairman of the Center for International Private Enterprise; Hal T. Hansen, chairman of the Cargill Investor Series; and John Brooks Slaughter, chairman of the National Science Foundation.


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