Former Colorado governor to lead discussion of crisis in education

President John Haeger will join former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer along with fellow Arizona university presidents and members of the Arizona Board of Regents for a discussion Sept. 11 on the crisis in education in the United States.

Romer, current leader of a new grassroots campaign called ED in ’08, will speak on the state of education at 5:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Smith Music Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Hosted by the Coalition for Solutions Through Higher Education, Romer’s presentation will precede the Arizona premiere of the documentary Two Million Minutes. The film chronicles the lives of six students from China, India and the United States and reveals how each of them spends the 2 million minutes from completing eighth grade to preparing for college and a career.

The premiere will feature opening remarks by Haeger; Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; Robert Shelton, president of the University of Arizona; Fred DuVal of the Arizona Board of Regents; and Fred Boice, president of the Arizona Board of Regents.

The hourlong documentary will be shown at 6:30 p.m.

The Sept. 11 event is intended to raise awareness of the critical role higher education plays in Arizona’s social and economic prosperity and to generate support for a statewide coalition calling for a renewed commitment to academic excellence.

NAU faculty, staff and students are invited to the event and can RSVP here. RSVP guests will receive first seating.

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