Jul 06 2010
Ken Mehlman, Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Speaks to Semester in Washington Program Students
“Ken Mehlman is someone who epitomizes what we try to do with this program,” said Potolicchio. “He reached the pinnacle of politics and he practiced his craft with substance and intellectual heft.”
Mehlman lectured on the evolution of the party system and party politics since World War II. He engaged the students in a wide-ranging discussion, touching on an array of issues from the personal to the political.
“Ken Mehlman’s intimate conversation with the eight of us was nothing short of extraordinary,” said Semester in Washington student Jason Cain. “The amount of political insight that we received in this class was equal to what most students get during their entire undergraduate education.”
Mehlman also advised the students to carve out careers that are enjoyable even on the weekends, because happiness makes success.
“I am amazed by how much information I received from one extraordinary individual, who has a passion for education, progress, and personal growth,” said student Sharon Mona. “Mehlman’s visit is my most memorable event here in my experience in Washington.”
Among his many jobs in a storied career of public service, Mehlman served as the White House Political Director, campaign manager for President Bush’s re-election, and chairman of the Republican National Committee.
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