Vanguard University's Second Annual Larson Lectureship


2016-11-10 19:00:00
7:00 p.m. November 10

Location Info:

Vanguard University
55 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA  92626
This year’s 2nd annual Bill & Jo Anne Larson Lectureship of Ethics & Business at Vanguard University will host former Attorney General of the United States, John Ashcroft. The event will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. on the Vanguard University campus in Costa Mesa.

Ashcroft is most noted for his service as the Attorney General under the George W. Bush administration, leading the Department of Justice’s response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. He served as governor of Missouri from 1985 through 1993, and was rated one of the top 10 education governors. After his election to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Mr. Ashcroft worked to reduce crime and co-sponsored the bill which designated “911” as the universal emergency number. He currently serves as the chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC, which provides confidential strategic consulting and crisis counseling to major international corporations. Ashcroft is a distinguished professor in the schools of Law and Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“The Larson Lectureship provides a great format for Vanguard to engage the local business community,” says David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University. “As a university, we are a resource for our community, and the Larson Lectureship has proven to be a great way to engage business leaders and discuss important issues of ethics and values in leadership.”

Dr. Bill and Jo Anne Larson, friends of the Vanguard community and a family passionate about Christian higher education, endowed the annual lectureship. The Larsons endowed the event in order to provide Vanguard students with invaluable insight from nationally distinguished and accomplished business and thought leaders, like Ashcroft. This year, Ashcroft will discuss the important issues of ethics and values in relation to leadership and business—key attributes of a Vanguard education.

In 2015, the lectureship featured Admiral Vern Clark, retired Chief of Naval Operations and former Vanguard trustee. Hundreds Orange County business leaders, city council members, community members, students, alumni, and professors attended the inaugural event.

For more information on the 2nd annual Bill & Jo Anne Larson Lectureship of Ethics & Business, Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7-9 p.m. at Vanguard University, visit
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