Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 8, 2007

Whitworth Great Decisions Series to Feature Feb. 22 Lecture
on Achieving Government Accountability

An international expert on government reform and accountability will present the first lecture of the 50th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth College. The series features five speakers who will focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

Maurice McTigue will present "Achieving Government Accountability in the 21st Century: Lessons from New Zealand" on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

McTigue is a distinguished visiting scholar and director of the Government Accountability Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. McTigue joined George Mason in 1997 after an eminent career in New Zealand, where he was a member of Parliament, a cabinet minister and an ambassador. As a public official, McTigue was responsible for reforms in the areas of transportation, social services, education and water management; these reforms provided improved levels of service while lowering costs. In 1999, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon McTigue the Queen's Service Order in recognition of his public service.

In addition to the Feb. 22 lecture, Great Decisions lectures will take place on Thursday March 8, March 15, March 22, and May 3. The lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For information on upcoming lectures, please call (509) 777-3270. Great Decisions 2007 is co-sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department and the School of Global Commerce & Management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, politics science department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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