JBU Welcomes Gov. Mike Huckabee Feb. 2 as Barnett Civic Leadership Speaker

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Fox News contributor Gov. Mike Huckabee will address the JBU community on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at JBU’s Cathedral of the Ozarks as the next speaker in the Barnett Civic Leadership Series.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (Jan. 26, 2017) – John Brown University will host former presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Gov. Mike Huckabee as the next speaker in the Barnett Civic Leadership Series. Huckabee, who served as Arkansas’ governor for a decade, will address the JBU community on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at JBU’s iconic Cathedral of the Ozarks.

“We want to encourage students to consider how our Christian faith can impact public service,” said JBU President Dr. Chip Pollard. “Gov. Huckabee’s career in the ministry, in government service and on the national campaign trail has given him a unique perspective on the intersection of religion and politics. We are grateful for the opportunity for the governor to share from his experience with our students.”

Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, served as Arkansas’ governor from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee was Lieutenant Governor for three years when his predecessor was forced to resigned, elevating him to governor. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002.

Governing magazine named him as one of its “Public Officials of the Year” for 2005, and Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. He served as the chairman of the National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors’ Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. He has been honored by numerous organizations for his commitment to music education.

Huckabee was the pastor of Beech Street First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas, from 1986 to 1992, and was the youngest president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

The Ray and Laurine Barnett Civic Leadership Series is funded by an endowment created with gifts from the Barnett family and donations from more than 20 organizations and individuals. The series, which brings a new speaker to JBU every academic year, focuses on Christian leadership and addresses the intersection of faith and public service. Last year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the inaugural speaker.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2017), JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 40 states and 37 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 39 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.


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