Students Engage in Dialogue with Panetta

Students Engage in Dialogue with Panetta

Students Engage in Dialogue with Panetta

Six Buena Vista University students participated in an on-campus question and answer program with Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA Leon E. Panetta on Friday, Oct. 7 during his appearance on campus as the 22nd William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture laureate.

The following students were selected through a competitive process:

  • Elizabeth Kim, senior biology and Spanish major
  • Sarah Mackey, junior math and computer science major
  • Madeleine McCormick, sophomore digital media major
  • Alejandra Mendoza, junior exceptional student service and instruction major
  • Sarah Schlichte, senior biology major
  • Tyler Smith, junior athletic training major

The afternoon session was followed by a formal evening lecture to invited regional leaders in the fields of business, law, politics, education, and religion.

Panetta was the 23rd Secretary of Defense, serving under President Barack Obama. He also served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2009-11 and was Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1994-97.

The William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series was endowed by the late Dr. Harold Walter Siebens, an Iowa-born entrepreneur and philanthropist, and named in honor of his son. This series was established in 1989 to provide the BVU campus community, Iowa and the Midwest with access to prominent world figures discussing current issues underlying American freedoms.