Webster To Speak At Grand Valley

November 19, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The inner workings of the White House have long been a closely guarded secret.

That is, until now.

Judge William H. Webster, the former head of the CIA and FBI, will give a presentation today on the “President’s Use of Domestic and International Intelligence” and share an inside look at the White House.

Brought to Grand Rapids by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, Webster will draw on his experience as he takes the audience through the presidential decision making process and the use of domestic and international intelligence.

Tomorrow, Nov. 20, Webster will join a distinguished panel to discuss and analyze the use of intelligence in the post-/11 era.

Jonathan White, the executive director of the Homeland Defense Initiative at Grand Valley and currently on special assignment with the U.S. Department of Justice, will act as moderator.

Others on the panel include U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, member of the House Intelligence Committee; Col. Stephen Madden, director of the Michigan State Police and Michigan’s Homeland Security efforts; and Dale Watson, former FBI executive assistant director in the Counter-terrorism Division.

Webster was recently named by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to head a new agency regulating the accounting profession.

The New York Times reported in October, “Whenever high-ranking officials have gathered recently to pick someone with an unsullied reputation for a sullied situation, William H. Webster has always been at the top of the list.”

Webster’s speech today is from 8-9 p.m. in Loosemore Auditorium at DeVos Center, on the Pew Campus of GVSU. The panel discussion and analysis will take place from 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Seating for the general public is limited. Call (616) 895-2770 to reserve a seat.           

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