Fairleigh Dickinson University Hosts Eighth Annual CEO Innovation Lecture November 20

Madison, N.J. (November 11, 2013) ­­– On Wednesday, November 20, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business and Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship will host the Eighth Annual CEO Innovation Lecture, featuring Kurt M. Landgraf, president and chief executive officer of ETS (Educational Testing Service). This lecture series exposes participants to the latest ideas of CEO innovators worldwide.

Landgraf will present on, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education: Challenges for Today, Results for Tomorrow” on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00 a.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at the College at Florham. He has overseen ETS’s entrance into the K–12 market, expanded its global business, broadened its education research activities and nurtured its social mission through collaborations with groups serving underrepresented students.

Besides expanding ETS’s business and research activities, Landgraf has led the company’s efforts to help close the academic achievement gap between affluent and disadvantaged students. ETS has strengthened its ties to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the ASPIRA Association and Native American education groups. He also has led the establishment of innovative company programs to assist New Jersey communities and service groups and improve education.

Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College. He also holds three master’s degrees: an M.Ed. from Rutgers University, an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, has received four honorary doctorates and has taught college-level economics, sociology and labor relations at institutions throughout the United States.

The event is open to the public and advanced registration is required. Register at http://www.fdu.edu/innovation or Eventbrite. Ticket prices are $65. FDU faculty, staff and students may receive complimentary tickets, but must contact FDU’s Rothman Institute at 973-443-8842.

Previous CEO Lecturers include Brent Saunders, president and CEO, Bausch + Lomb; Francisco D’Souza, president and CEO, Cognizant; Daniel Vasella, Chairman of Novartis;  Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO, Avon Products; Ralph Izzo, chairman, President and CEO, PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group); Douglas R. Conant, president and CEO, Campbell Soup; and Fred Hassan, chairman and CEO, Schering-Plough.

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