The lecture series named for one of Fort Hays State University’s most notable alumni, former U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius, will feature an October appearance by his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services to President Barack Obama.
She will discuss her accomplishments and legacy during “An Evening with Kathleen Sebelius” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus. It is the first lecture of the 2015-16 academic year.
“We’re honored to have Secretary Sebelius at Fort Hays State University,” said Vincent Bowhay, chairman of the Special Events Committee and assistant director of the Memorial Union. “Sebelius was at the center of every major health issue or event facing the nation and the world during her tenure in the Obama administration. It is only fitting to welcome her back to Kansas to celebrate her accomplishments and legacy.”
As the country’s former highest ranking health official, she led the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the historic health care law signed by Obama in 2010. She also served as a leader during public health crises, coordinating the government response to the 2009 H1N1 virus and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Sebelius was the second female governor of Kansas, serving from 2003 to 2009, and was the first daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history. In 2005, Time Magazine recognized her achievements by naming her one of “Americas Top Five Governors,” praising her for eliminating a $1.1 billion debt she inherited, ferreting out waste in state government and strongly supporting public education — all without raising taxes.
Tickets are now available for purchase at www.fhsu.edu/sebelius. Tickets for the general public are $10 per person; for FHSU students they are $5 per person.