Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman Jr. to Deliver Furphy Lecture

by Tom McNamara | Sep 04, 2013

John Huntsman Jr.Jon Huntsman Jr. will deliver the 29th Furphy Lecture on October 24.

Jon Huntsman Jr., co-chair of the bi-partisan group No Labels, former U.S. Ambassador to China (2009-2011), and Governor of Utah (2005-2009), will deliver the 29th Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 24, in Billera Hall at DeSales University. The topic of Huntsman’s speech will be “Challenges Facing America Today.” The public talk will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

The event is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required. For ticket reservations, please call 610-282-1100, ext. 1364.

Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. Presidents in critical roles around the world including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently U.S. Ambassador to China.

Twice elected as Utah’s Governor, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure Utah was named the best-managed state in America and best state in which to do business.

Recognized for his service, Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region.

Huntsman ran as a candidate for the 2013 Republican Presidential nomination. He now serves as co-chair, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, of No Labels, a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans, and everything in between dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving.

He also serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania, as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, as a Trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and as chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and has seven honorary doctorate degrees.

Established in 1983, the Furphy Lecture Series is named in memory of Fr. Thomas J. Furphy, O.S.F.S. (1912-1982). Fr. Furphy distinguished himself as a teacher of “National Problems,” during a career in education that spanned 38 years, and included schools in the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Allentown areas. The theme of the series is “National and International Problems.” Huntsman joins an illustrious group of previous speakers including John Cardinal O’Connor, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, William Colby, Abba Eban, Lee Iacocca, Antonin Scalia, George F. Will, Vladmir Posner, William J. Bennett, Shimon Peres, Zbiniew Brzezinski, George Mitchell, Louis Freeh, Benazir Bhutto, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, William S. Cohen, Richard Armitage, John Ashcroft, Trent Lott, Dr. William Poole, Tom Ridge, and J.C. Watts.

For more information, please contact Tom McNamara, executive director of communications at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1219 or at

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