Dec. 21, 2010
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Former Ag Secretary Glickman to speak at Fish Fry

By Tom Campbell

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will be the featured speaker at the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry on Feb. 5.

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Glickman, who served as agriculture secretary from 1995 to 2001, now helps to shape public policy as co-chair of the Global Agricultural Development Initiative for the nonpartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs and as a senior fellow at the Washington-based nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center. 

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

“We are very excited that former Secretary Glickman will be our 2011 speaker,” said Jay Akridge, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture.

“The timing could not be better to hear from him given his long history of involvement and leadership in shaping domestic agriculture policy, and complemented by his work on the global hunger challenge through the Chicago Council on Global Affairs,” Akridge added.

Glickman joins a list of distinguished Fish Fry speakers that includes Purdue Agriculture’s two World Food Prize winners Gebisa Ejeta and Phil Nelson (2010), MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell (2009), White House chief of staff Andrew Card (2008), astronaut Jim Lovell and NASA executive Gene Kranz (2007), retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers (2006), Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert (2005), political advisors James Carville and Mary Matalin (2004), Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug (2003) and presidential candidate Bob Dole (2002).

Under his leadership at the USDA, the department administered farm and conservation programs, modernized food safety regulations, forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.

Previously, Glickman served as President of Refugees International and as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Prior to joining MPAA, Glickman served as the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas. He was a member of the Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. He also was a member of the Judiciary Committee, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy. 

He previously was president of the Wichita School Board and a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman, and he worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Glickman received his bachelor of arts in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars. 

Tickets for the Ag Alumni Fish Fry are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available by contacting the Purdue Ag Alumni office at 765-494-8593 or by e-mailing

Known as a fish fry by tradition, the menu features both Indiana farm-raised yellow perch and roasted pork loin entrees. The perch is donated by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, while the pork loin is donated by Indiana Packers Corp. Dietary accommodations and substitutions are available by advance reservation.

Reserved parking permits are available for lots adjacent to the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion. Round-trip bus transportation is available from campus, with two convenient departure times. Advance purchase for parking and bus tickets is required.

Complimentary on-site childcare is provided if arranged in advance.

The Ag Forecast, a program highlighting important topics in agriculture, will precede the Fish Fry starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall, also located on the fairgrounds. 

Glickman serves on the board of directors of the American Film Institute; the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Hain Celestial Group; Communities in Schools; Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization; National 4-H Council; William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan; and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement.

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