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March 2002

Release Date: March 27, 2002

Former Secretary of State to Present Chase Lecture on America after 9-11

James A. Baker, III, former U.S. Secretary of State and adviser to three presidents, will speak on "America's Role in the World after September 11" Wednesday, April 3, during the Dr. Ralph R. Chase Lectureship in the Humanities at Angelo State University.

Baker, the nation's 61st Secretary of State, will speak at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont on the ASU campus. His presentation is open free to the public.

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

During his tenure at the State Department in President George Bush's administration, Baker traveled to 90 foreign countries as the United States confronted the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the post Cold War era. In 1995 Baker published The Politics of Diplomacy, his reflections on those years of revolution, war and peace.

Baker served as the 67th Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan. As Treasury Secretary, he was also chairman of the President's Economic Policy Council. From 1981 to 1985, he served as White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan.

His record of public service began in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford. It concluded with his service as White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to President Bush in 1993.

Long active in American presidential politics, 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, he graduated from Princeton University in 1952. After two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, he entered the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He received his J.D. with honors in 1957 and practiced law with the Houston firm of Andrews and Kurth from 1957 to 1975.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and has been the recipient of many other awards for distinguished public service, including Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, the American Institute for Public Service's Jefferson Award, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Award, the Hans J. Morgenthau Award, the George F. Kennan Award, the Department of the Treasury's Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Service Award and numerous honorary academic degrees.

Baker is presently a senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts and Senior Counselor to the Carlyle Group, a merchant banking firm in Washington D.C. He is honorary chairman of the James A. Baker, II, Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and serves on the boards of Rice University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 1997 Baker was appointed the personal envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to mediate direct talks between the parties to the dispute over Western Sahara.

He was born in Houston in 1930. He and his wife, the former Susan Garrett, currently reside in Houston, and have eight children and 14 grandchildren.