March 30, 2007

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations

Shafer to Speak during President's Lecture Series

VALDOSTA - Dr. Jeffrey R. Shafer, Vice Chairman of Citigroup’s Global Banking, Head of Economic and Political Strategies and Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, will speak during the President’s Lecture Series Monday, April 9 in Pound Hall Auditorium, Langdale College of Business at Steele North Campus.

Dr. Shafer will offer open dialogue from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. as well as a public lecture from 6-7 p.m. which is entitled: “China’s Economic Emergence: World Impact and U.S. Response.” The presentation will offer information on China’s growth in the world economy as well as its transformation from poverty into a political and economic influence.

Through his experiences, Dr. Shafer has gained extensive knowledge on this and many other subjects. His position at Citigroup places on him the responsibilities of identification and analysis of key global economic and political issues as well as maintaining relationships with key government officials around the world. He has worked with governments in Asia, Latin America and Europe on a variety of issues and been involved in landmark sovereign and quasi-sovereign bond transactions for many countries.

As the Assistant Secretary and the subsequent Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasure for International Affairs, he was responsible for international economic and financial issues. He has held several high-level positions in various governmental and private organizations that have given him knowledge on economic, financial and political affairs.

Dr. Shafer holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University as well as M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Yale University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hong Kong Association of New York and many other organizations. His presentation during the lecture series will certainly provide expertise and knowledge on China’s Economic Emergence into the world economy.

The President’s Lecture Series began in 2006. Throughout the program, various colleges and departments have invited well-renown speakers to share wisdom and knowledge on a variety of topics including politics, business, economics, art, entertainment and social issues. Information about future lectures in this series will be available through Valdosta State University.

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