Former Ag Secretary Glickman to speak at annual Fish Fry

November 17, 2010

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

Dan Glickman

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

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. 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, 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."

Under Glickman's 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.

Glickman previously served as president of Refugees International and as chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America. Before joining MPAA, he served as 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.

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.

The Ag Alumni Fish Fry is Purdue's oldest and largest constituent alumni meeting. In addition to Glickman's address, the program will include presentation of the alumni association's highest award, The Certificate of Distinction, and remarks from university and government leaders.

The menu features Indiana farm-raised yellow perch donated by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Dietary accommodations and substitutions are available by advance reservation.

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

Complimentary on-site child care 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 on the fairgrounds.

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

Writer: Tom Campbell, 765-494-8084,

Sources:  Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391,

                   Donya Lester, 765-494-8593,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

Related website:
Purdue University Agriculuture Alumni Association

Note to Journalists: Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry and the Ag Forecast that precedes the luncheon. For more information, contact Keith Robinson, Purdue Agricultural Communication, at 765-494-2722,