Harding University lecture series continues with Arkansas governor

The 2012-13 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series will continue at Harding University March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium with Arkansas governor and Searcy native Mike Beebe.

Beebe took office in 2007 and focused on improving education, expanding Arkansas’ economy and cutting taxes as governor. Under his leadership, Arkansas was one of only four states to enter the current fiscal year without a projected budget shortfall despite the worst economic downturn in recent history. Beebe’s emphasis on improving public education helped Arkansas be ranked fifth nationally by Education Week, and he worked to match colleges and universities with local businesses to produce a better-trained workforce.

With more than 20 years of public service each, Beebe and his wife, Ginger, also a Searcy native, have dedicated much time to promoting children’s health and literacy throughout Arkansas.

Beebe will deliver his message titled “Economic Development for Arkansas and Our Nation.”

Open seating — no ticket necessary. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute at 501-279-4497.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with more than 6,815 students and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit www.harding.edu.