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2019: Crisis and Response: Stories of Leadership

Alumni Series

Crisis and Response: Stories of Leadership
Second Biennial Alumni-in-Residence Program

7:00 p.m. March 26, 2019
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
Furman University

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs. This event is free and open to the public. 

We thank the Mayville Foundation and Furman's Office of Academic Affairs for their support of the 2019 Alumni-in-Residence program. 

To view all speaker biographies, click here.

Four Furman alumni returned to campus to tell their stories of leadership during times of crisis as part of the Riley Institute’s yearlong celebration of principled leadership. Speakers included a U.S. Ambassador, a CEO, a CIO, and a former FDIC Legislative Director that spoke about defeating Ebola, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, helping Detroit out of bankruptcy, and pulling the financial system back from the brink in 2008.  

Moderator Danielle Vinson, Ph.D. ’89

Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs


Pulling the Financial System Back from the Brink in 2008    

Eric Spitler ’81, Special Advisor to the CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; former Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 

Using IT to help Detroit out of Bankruptcy  

Beth Niblock ’82, Chief Information Officer, City of Detroit

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline  

Jason Terrell ’12, Co-founder and Executive Director, Profound Gentlemen

Defeating Ebola in Liberia  

The Honorable Deborah Malac ’77, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda; former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia

Discussion: Leadership in Times of Crisis