Civil society, public service advocate presents public lecture at Benedictine

Civil society, public service advocate presents public lecture at Benedictine
September 21, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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As a former Peace Corps volunteer and current president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, Kevin F. Quigley has guided programs that have helped former authoritarian societies transition into more open societies. Quigley, an outspoken advocate of civil society, education and public service, will visit Benedictine University from October 4-9 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. He will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and meet with students and faculty to share his knowledge in philanthropy and democratization. Quigley will also present a public lecture, “President Obama’s Public Service Agenda,” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 in Scholl Hall, Room 101. “Our students will have the opportunity to meet and hear from someone who has worked on the frontlines of democracy and the democratization process, helping people understand their roles in society and their responsibility to their fellow man,” said Maria de la Camara, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Benedictine University. Quigley has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience promoting international understanding and civil society. He served in the Peace Corps in Thailand and today serves as president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, an organization that represents more than 185,000 Peace Corps alumni, which seeks to foster peace through service, education and advocacy. Quigley is the author of a major book on philanthropy and democratization, and has written dozens of articles on international development and opinion pieces that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s Web site at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.