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3/27/2008 "Reflections on Leadership" panel planned at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE – "Reflections on Leadership: Liberal Education and the Global Economy," a panel discussion featuring three distinguished business leaders, will be presented Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The panel will feature a wide ranging discussion on topics such as why liberal arts students should consider careers in business and why business students should take liberal arts courses. Issues to be addressed include future challenges facing the business world, how colleges can better prepare students for careers in business, the pros and cons of a business career, and misconceptions about business careers.

The panel will be moderated by Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie. Panelists will include Peter B. Hamilton, retired president of Brunswick Corporation's Boat Group; Curtis W. Baker, a retired managing director of Merrill Lynch & Co.; and Raichelle Glover, a former senior vice president with Bank of America.

Hamilton spent 11 years at Brunswick Corp., serving in various positions, including president of Brunswick's Life Fitness Division, chairman of Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, and executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Brunswick, Hamilton served as vice president and chief financial officer of Cummings, Inc., and was a partner with the law firm of Califano, Ross and Heineman in Washington, D.C. He also held positions in the Department of Defense including general counsel for the Department of the Air Force. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and a law degree from Yale University.

Baker had a long career with Merrill Lynch, working for the company in Chicago, New York City and Tokyo. He retired in late 2006 as managing director of the American Debt Sales Management with the Corporate and Institutional Client Group of Merrill Lynch & Co. Baker is a native of The Dalles and a 1982 graduate of Linfield College with a bachelor's degree in history.

Glover spent 23 years at Bank of America and its predecessor banks, holding nine different positions including senior vice president and market development manager for Bank of America’s human resources; regional executive for the Bank of America Foundation – managing a team of contribution managers from New York to Florida which contributed over $35 million in direct grants to nonprofit organizations; and transition manager for several transition efforts in Texas, Florida and Virginia. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in education from the University of South Carolina.

Hellie became the 19th president of Linfield College in 2006. Prior to coming to Linfield, he served as president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation in Chicago, Ill.; vice president for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest; and as a tenured faculty member in theatre and English at Hiram College in Ohio. Hellie has a bachelor's degree in theatre from Luther College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in theatre history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2498.