Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will speak at AU

Anderson, Ind. — Former U.S. Attorney General, Governor, and U.S. Senator John Ashcroft will be visiting campus. Ashcroft will first hold a public address on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in York with a media window to follow at 8:30 p.m. He will then speak at chapel on March 7 at 11 a.m. in Reardon, after a student briefing session.

In 1973, Ashcroft served as Missouri Auditor, followed by two terms as Missouri Attorney General. In 1984, he was elected governor of Missouri, and he was re-elected in 1988. During his tenure as governor, he promoted fiscally and socially conservative policies. In 1994, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served from Jan. 3, 1995 to Jan. 3, 2001. Subsequently, he was nominated by George W. Bush as U.S. attorney general [2001-2005]. He was raised in Springfield, Missouri, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.

“It is an honor to host former Attorney General, Senator, and Governor John Ashcroft, who I had the privilege of working for in the years following the 9/11 attacks,” said AU President John Pistole. “He is a man of integrity and a strong advocate for Christian higher education who has ‘been there, done that.’”

“I share Anderson University’s belief in the values of faith and service and am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to carry these values through my work,” said Ashcroft. “I look forward to sharing my experience with young professionals of integrity as they prepare for lives of service.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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