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Gov. Doug Ducey to give remarks at launch of new ASU center

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
January 15, 2015

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will visit Arizona State University's Tempe campus to give opening remarks before a public lecture by Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, in Old Main's Carson Ballroom.

Titled "Abraham Lincoln and the American Idea," the public lecture is in celebration of the launch of the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership.

The event will also be live streamed at the following url:

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership was approved by the Board of Regents last year to provide a forum for national and international scholarship and research in political thought at ASU.

"The center ... will provide research and training for the next generation of local and national leaders on the foundational principles of good government, civic involvement, free markets and political liberty," says founding director Donald Critchlow.

“Professor Critchlow is the ideal person to lead this new center forward, and his distinguished background in political thought and research will bring great perspective and value to the center at a time of continued political deadlock and precipitous decline in civic literacy in the United States,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow, who will introduce Gov. Ducey at the event.

Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Arizona to attend ASU’s business school, where he earned his bachelor of science in finance in 1986.

After graduating from ASU, he began a career in sales and marketing with Procter & Gamble and went on to become partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, which grew from a local shop to more than 1,400 locations in all 50 states and 10 countries.

Ducey is the 23rd governor of Arizona. He also served as the 32nd state treasurer. He lives in Phoenix with his wife Angela and their three sons Jack, Joe and Sam.