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Leon Panetta, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, will speak March 1 as a guest of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.
His free, public talk is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Univeristy of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (please note the change in venue).
- Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
- Free parking is available at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
- Cameras are permitted in the venue; however, tripods are not. Large bags, backpacks and umbrellas are not permitted inside the venue.
Panetta, appointed by President Obama in April to lead the nation’s defense cabinet, had served as U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director since 2009. He was President Clinton’s White House chief of staff from 1994 to 1997 after serving a two-year stint as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
From 1977 to 1993, he represented California’s 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, rising to House Budget Committee chairman in his final four years in Congress.
A Monterey, Calif., native born to Italian immigrant parents, Panetta holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University.
In 1998, he and his wife founded the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that helps prepare students for public service careers.
Among Panetta’s many awards are an Army Commendation Medal, the Peter Burnett Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Paul Peck Award and honorary doctoral degrees from University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Northeastern University.
When & Where
McConnell Center at the University of Louisville
The nonpartisan McConnell Center, created at the University of Louisville in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top undergraduate students to become future leaders; offers civic education programs for teachers, students and the general public; and conducts strategic leadership development for the United States Army.