Jon Huntsman, Jr. to Speak at Macky Auditorium on April 15, 2014

Huntsman-J-Photo-(High-Res-HEADSHOT-2014)The Distinguished Speakers Board at the University of Colorado is pleased to announce its third and final spring event. Jon Huntsman, who served as an Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah will be speaking on Tuesday, April 15th, at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will be opened at 6:45 pm and Mr. Huntsman will begin his speech at 7:30 pm.

Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia makes him one of the most knowledgeable American politicians on the region. Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, investment framework agreements, and other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States. Prior to serving as Ambassador to China, Huntsman was twice elected Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percentage of the vote and a majority in all 29 counties. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, increasing the state’s economic competitiveness, and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system.

Huntsman will be giving a speech entitled “China: Opportunities and Challenges”. Using his years of experience working closely with American business owners to facilitate commerce in the growing Asian market, Huntsman outlines ways to bring jobs and capital back to America, engage China from a position of strength and level the economic playing field in order to protect the U.S. economy.
Tickets to the event will go on sale Tuesday, April 1st and are $2 for CU-Boulder students with a valid student ID and $12 for community members. Student tickets can be purchased from the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at Please email for hearing-impaired tickets and other accommodation needs.

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