Author, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to give Krannert speech

September 7, 2011

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and TV commentator, will give the keynote address Oct. 20 at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management's 11th annual Leadership Speakers Series.

Goodwin will speak on presidential leadership styles.

Tickets for the dinner are available to the general public for $100 per person, $75 of which qualifies as a charitable deduction. Since its inception, the series has raised $145,000 in scholarship money for Krannert undergraduate and graduate students. Specially priced tickets are available for Purdue students, faculty and staff.

Gerald J. Lynch, interim dean of the Krannert School and professor of economics, and Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, also will speak at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.

These Krannert awards also will be presented:

* Krannert Business Leadership Award to Roland Parrish, president, CEO and owner of Parrish McDonald's Restaurants. Parrish earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1975 and a master's degree in 1976.

* Krannert Distinguished Alumni Award to Marshall Larsen, chairman, president and CEO of Goodrich Corp. Larsen earned a master's degree in industrial administration in 1977.

* Krannert Distinguished Service Award to Mary Pat Meade, a global quality manager with Delphi Corp. Meade earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1975 and a master's degree in management in 1976.

* John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award to Abel Jeuland, who serves as the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago. Jeuland received a doctorate in management in 1975.

* Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Award to Charles Schalliol, counsel at Baker & Daniels law firm.

Goodwin has been reporting on politics and baseball for over two decades. She is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She is a commentator for NBC, and a consultant and on-air person for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedys, Franklin Roosevelt and for Ken Burns' "The History of Baseball." She was the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox lockerroom.

She has a doctorate from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency. Following her tenure at Harvard, Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House. She later assisted in the preparation of his memoirs.

Her book "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II," was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her most recent work, a history of Abraham Lincoln's presidency entitled "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book.

To reserve tickets for the dinner, contact Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations, at 765-496-7271, More information about the Leadership Series and this year's event is available at

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  

Source: Tim Newton, 765-496-7271,

Note to Journalists: Media interested in covering the event should contact Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations, at 765-496-7271, Videotaping and audio recording of the event will not be permitted.