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February 2002

Release Date: February 22, 2002

Former Secretary of State to Present Chase Lecture at ASU

James A. Baker, III, former U.S. Secretary of State and adviser to three presidents, will speak at Angelo State University on April 3 during the Dr. Ralph R. Chase Lectureship in the Humanities.

Baker has served in senior government positions under Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. The speech will be free to the public.

Baker is the 15th featured lecturer in the Chase Lectureship in the Humanities, sponsored annually by the San Angelo Health Foundation and San Angelo Community Medical Center.

Baker served as the nation's 61st Secretary of State from January 1989 through August 1992 under President George Bush. Baker also served as the 67th Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Reagan's White House chief of staff. His record of public service began in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Ford. It concluded with his service as White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to President Bush from August 1992 to January 1993.

Long active in American presidential politics, Mr. Baker led presidential campaigns for Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush over the course of five consecutive presidential elections from 1976 to 1992.

A native Houstonian, Baker graduated from Princeton University in 1952 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1957. Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and has been the recipient of many other awards for distinguished public service.