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Former AT&T chairman to speak at Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 25, 2008

Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman emeritus of AT&T, Inc., will deliver the Gary Dickinson Lecture in Business Enterprise at William Jewell College at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus in Liberty, Mo. The public is invited to attend, and no tickets or reservations are required.

Whitacre is chairman emeritus of AT&T Inc., the largest communications company in America and the world. Based in San Antonio, Texas, AT&T is a leading worldwide provider of wireless, broadband, business communications and other services, including directory publishing and advertising services. Whitacre served as chairman and CEO of the company from 1990 until retiring in June of 2007. In that time, he led then-SBC Communications on a disciplined growth strategy and through a series of industry-changing mergers and acquisitions, including the 2005 acquisition of AT&T Corp., after which the company adopted the name AT&T Inc.

SBC made significant domestic and international investments in Teléfonos de Mexico and the acquisitions of Pacific Telesis (1997), SNET (1998) and Ameritech (1999). In addition, SBC established several groundbreaking strategic partnerships with companies such as Yahoo! and Echostar, enabling SBC to set the pace for DSL sales as well as enter the video market. SBC joined with BellSouth to create Cingular Wireless, which in 2004 acquired AT&T Wireless. SBC and the new AT&T have repeatedly been named by Fortune magazine as the most admired telecommunications company in America and the world. Forbes magazine named AT&T “Company of the Year” for 2006.

Born in Ennis, Texas, Whitacre graduated from Texas Tech University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1963 as a facility engineer in Lubbock, Texas. He then progressed through a series of assignments in the company’s operational departments in Texas, Arkansas and Kansas.

From 1982 to 1985, Whitacre headed Southwestern Bell’s Kansas Division, leading the state division through the divestiture of the Bell System. He then moved to corporate headquarters where he served as group president, vice president-revenues and public affairs, and vice chairman and chief financial officer. In October 1988, Whitacre was made president and chief operating officer, responsible for the company’s six primary subsidiaries. Within 16 months, Whitacre became SBC chairman and CEO, and retained this title with AT&T Inc.

The Gary Dickinson Lectureship at William Jewell was established with a grant from the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation of Kansas City, Mo. The lecture series is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and business leadership in the community. It is named for the late Gary Dickinson of Chillicothe, Mo., founder of the Dickinson Financial Corporation and a friend of the college. Bank Midwest, a subsidiary of the Dickinson Financial Corporation, is the co-sponsor for the lecture.

 
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