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March 2004

Release Date: March 15, 2004

ASU Grad, Nike Executive Selected for 2004 Wells Fargo Lecture in Business

Kevin Carroll, whose career path has taken him from Angelo State University to Nike, the largest sports and fitness company in the world, has been named the 2004 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecturer in Business at ASU.

Carroll, whose title with Nike's special projects division is "katalyst," will deliver the 2004 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture on "Sustaining Creative Genius" at 11 a.m. April 15 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

The 1989 ASU grad serves as Nike's agent for product design conceptualizing as well as storytelling, internal communications and corporate culture. His lecture will offer a unique view into the non-traditional corporate culture which has helped the Nike "Swoosh" become one of the most identifiable trademarks in the world.

Carroll earned his bachelor of arts degree in speech communication with a minor in physical education at ASU. After graduation he worked in a variety of athletic training jobs, culminating between 1995 and 1997 when he was the head athletic trainer for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

His professional career has included 10 years with the U.S. Air Force as a language translator, several stints with the National Football League and three years as head trainer at NCAA Division 1 St. Joseph's University.

Additionally, Carroll is proficient in five languages, earning him the job of head trainer and translator for the Yugoslavian national basketball team during the 1996 Olympics.

He joined Nike in 1997 and is a leader in the company's innovation planning process from conceptual work to final product. With Nike, Carroll's unique ability to link creativity, imagination and communication to the Nike mission has proven to be a tremendous asset for the Nike brand and the famous "Swoosh."

The Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 by Wells Fargo Bank, San Angelo. The lectureship is designed to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders and to help promote greater cooperation between ASU and the San Angelo business community.

In establishing the Distinguished Lectureship Program in Business in 1995, Wells Fargo became a catalyst for a growing relationship between ASU and the San Angelo business community. Wells Fargo Bank of San Angelo has committed to provide annual funding to the ASU College of Business and Professional Studies for underwriting the lectureship. Now in its 10th year, the lectureship is intended to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders.

Many of these leaders are ASU graduates who are able to offer practical ideas and solutions to the management problems of today in addition to exposing the students to what will be expected of them in their future careers. The formal lectures cover business topics that are both timely and beneficial to students and the business community alike.