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Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Speaker Series 2018-19


Robert M. “Skipp” Orr, Ph.D.

U.S. Ambassador, Retired
PBSC Alumnus (A.A., 1974)

Course Change:

Seven U.S. Presidential Elections that Changed History

This lecture promises to be a fascinating look at our presidential elections through the eyes of a former U.S. ambassador and
political science professor who has taught at Stanford and Temple universities. 

Wednesday, October 10
2 p.m.  |  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth campus
Public Safety Conference Center
PSD 108

4200 Congress Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33461
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Free and open to the public.

All students are encouraged to attend!
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP  Online

More Information:

Phone: 561-868-3472

 About the Speaker

Statesman, business executive and scholar, Robert M. “Skipp” Orr, Ph.D., served as U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank from 2010 to 2016, and was President Barack Obama’s longest serving appointed ambassador in one post. He was unanimously elected dean of the ADB’s board of directors in 2013, the first American chosen for the position.

Dr. Orr began his career in 1976 as a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers (D-FL). Between 1985 and 1993 he held professorships at Stanford and Temple universities as well as serving successively as director of the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto and Temple’s Institute of Pacific Rim Studies.

In 1993, Dr. Orr joined Motorola, where he held several senior-level positions and opened the cellular phone market in Japan. He was President of Boeing Japan from 2002-2007, during the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most successful airplanes in history. Leading up to his ambassadorship, he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation from 2007-2010.

Dr. Orr holds an A.A. from Palm Beach Junior College, a B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University. His book "The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power," published by Columbia University Press, won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific region. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at FAU this fall term.

Read the profile article about Dr. Orr in Contact magazine.

 About the Series

The Honors College Speaker Series aims to bring noteworthy speakers to PBSC campuses for the benefit of all students, faculty and staff, and the community at large. We hope to provide, particularly for students, an array of unique perspectives and inspiring ideas. Please join us, bring your friends and colleagues, and become part of a new Honors College tradition.

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