The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series features graduates who have distinguished themselves in careers since leaving Utah State University. The series continues Friday, Nov. 13, with a lecture by Marshall Crawford, managing director for J.P. Morgan, where he oversees transportation infrastructure finance for the firm. Crawford’s presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Eccles Conference Center, Room 303-05. The lecture is free and open to everyone. The title of Crawford’s lecture is “The Way Forward.” College Dean Yolanda Flores Niemann invites members of the campus and Cache Valley community to attend, and especially encourages students from the college to participate. “The experiences of our accomplished alumni help students understand the connections between their educations and their lives,” Niemann said. Guests featured in the series represent the college’s diverse departments and programs, and return to campus to speak about their professional expertise and experiences. Crawford’s presentation offers career tips and advice, especially to students, and includes a discussion of managing a career in a constrained environment as the country emerges from economic crisis. He will also discuss the country’s investment in infrastructure as a catalyst toward economic recovery. Crawford, who graduated from USU in 1980 with a degree in political science, went on to earn an MBA from Harvard University. He has more than 25 years experience in investment banking and has been responsible for completing more than $50 billion of financing for projects across the continent. His clients are both public sector and private sector entities throughout North America and western Europe. His experience also includes service as CEO of Digital Education Systems, an online technical education provider, as well as serving two terms as a commissioner on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He has been active in numerous community, professional and church organizations. He is a frequent speaker in the transportation industry on finance topics. For information on the HASS Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, contact Natalie Archibald Smoot in the college at (435) 797-2796.
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