Herman Cain to deliver KU School of Business lecture

photo by: The Associated Press

Herman Cain speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. Cain will deliver a lecture at the University of Kansas in April. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Updated at 5:55 p.m. Monday

A conservative voice with connection to a University of Kansas alumnus will deliver a KU School of Business lecture next month.

Herman Cain, who served as a senior adviser to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996, will give the 50th anniversary J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. April 10 at Capitol Federal Hall, 1654 Naismith Drive, according to a KU news release.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those interested in registering may do so on the Eventbrite website.

Along with his service on Dole’s campaign, Cain also ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but dropped out of the race in December 2011 in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. When asked Monday about possible concerns related to the allegations against Cain, the School of Business initially said no comment, but Monday evening issued the following statement:

“For all of our endowed lectures, including the Vickers Memorial Lecture, the School of Business works with interested family members to identify speakers whose expertise and experience are consistent with the original purpose associated with the endowment. Herman Cain was selected because he has held a variety of executive leadership positions across industries.”

Outside of politics, Cain has served in a number of business leadership positions, including vice president of corporate systems for The Pillsbury Co., president of Godfather’s Pizza and CEO and president of the National Restaurant Association.

The lecture series, which was created in 1969, honors J.A. Vickers, a KU alumnus who founded Vickers Petroleum Co. in Wichita. It also honors Vickers’ son Robert, who presided over the lecture until his death in 1995.

The lecture typically invites speakers with connections to business leadership or conservative public policy. Former speakers include Dole, who is a KU alumnus, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan, among others.

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