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League of Women Voters official to speak at William Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 2, 2011

Please note that Maria Karagianis, the previously announced speaker for the February 22 Kern Lecture at William Jewell College, has withdrawn due to family health issues. The updated speaker information is contained in the revised release below.

Nancy E. Tate, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters, has been announced as the new speaker for William Jewell College’s Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society at 7:30 p.m. February 22 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the Liberty, Mo., campus. Maria Karagianis, the previously announced speaker for the event, has withdrawn due to family health issues. The public is invited to attend the free event, which is part of the College’s “Perspectives on the Common Good” lecture series; tickets or reservations are not required.

Since 2000, Nancy Tate has been the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the United States, a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active citizen participation in government. From 1994 until accepting the top staff position at the League, Ms. Tate was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization examining the emerging issues of governance to improve the effectiveness of government at all levels. Previously a senior administrator in a management consulting firm, she has also worked in the Department of Energy, the Department of Education and the Office of Economic Opportunity. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration. She earned a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University. Ms. Tate’s presentation is entitled “The U.S. Election System and How Women Fit In.”

The Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society is named in memory of the mother of Jewell alumna Penny Kern White of the William Jewell class of 1968. This annual lecture honors Mrs. Peggy Kern, who lived through the Great Depression, sent a husband and son to war, developed and ran a successful business, served as an active community volunteer, and was a longstanding member of the First Baptist Church of Independence.

“Mrs. Kern valued education,” said Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president for institutional advancement at the College. “The lecture established in her memory is committed to addressing contemporary topics and subjects that encourage the betterment of society and women in particular, and is designed to foster greater awareness of issues that influence women’s lives. The annual lecture celebrates Mrs. Kern’s life and is a living memorial of her commitment to helping others.”

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of two million.

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