GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 31, 2023) – Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote address, “A Time for Choosing,” at the Presidential Leadership Series Friday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the Bob Jones University campus.
“We look forward to having Governor Hutchinson back on campus. I know our students will benefit from hearing from an alumnus who has served in a variety of roles in state and federal government,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “The governor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of leading at the highest levels.”
Hutchinson graduated with a BS in accounting from Bob Jones University in 1972. He went on to earn a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1975.
He first held public office as the city attorney of Bentonville in 1977. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
Hutchinson later served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001 after which President George W. Bush appointed him administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and then undersecretary for border and transportation security in the Department of Homeland Security.
Hutchinson served two terms as Governor of Arkansas from 2015 to 2022. During his time as governor, he was vice chair and then chair of the National Governor’s Association, an influential nonpartisan organization that includes all 55 governors of America’s states, territories and commonwealths.
He and his wife, Susan, a 1972 BJU graduate, have four children and six grandchildren.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on campus streets.