Former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will speak April 12 at Washington State University Vancouver’s 3rd Annual Public Policy and Public Service Distinguished Lecture Series.

The event is set for 7:30 p.m. at Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139 St. in Vancouver. A reception will follow in the Student Center. Dean’s comments will address public affairs and American democracy. Associated Students of WSU Vancouver and the Thomas Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service will sponsor Dean’s appearance.

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“Dean was particularly appealing as a speaker for our campus, based on his innovative, grassroots campaign strategies, his success in bringing in new volunteers and voters to the political process and his importance in re-energizing the base of the Democratic Party during the primary,” said Casey Watters, ASWSUV president. “His obvious passion for public service and civic education match well with the mission of the Foley Institute.”

A series of panel discussions and other speaker events on the topic of civic engagement and public service will occur throughout the day on the WSU Vancouver campus before the evening lecture.

Many expect the Democratic National Committee to appoint Dean as its chairman at tomorrow’s (Feb. 12) election. Dean was the governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2002 and lieutenant governor from 1986 to 1991. Before politics, he was a practicing physician.

Past speakers for the Public Policy and Public Service Distinguished Lecture Series include former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu and University of Maryland professor Benjamin R. Barber. The lecture series seeks to inform the community on the importance of civic engagement and public service through nonpartisan dialogue. WSU Vancouver alternates the partisan background of the selected speakers to accommodate a variety of political views.

ASWSUV is the student governing body for WSU Vancouver. Each year it supports a variety of student activities, including public lectures. WSU established the Foley Institute in 1995 to foster civic education, public service and public policy research in a nonpartisan, cross-disciplinary setting.

WSU Vancouver offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees in more than 35 fields of study. The campus is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134 Street exit from either I-5 or I-205.