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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

By Mark Walden on February 22, 2013
Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate on Saturday, April 13. His public remarks will begin at 5 p.m. in Colgate Memorial Chapel and serve as a capstone for Spring Family Weekend, which begins on April 12.

Calderón served as the 56th president of Mexico, holding office from 2006 until 2012. Today, he is the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

During his six years as Mexico’s chief executive, Calderón increased government investment in the construction and modernization of highways, ports, airports, energy plants, water systems, hospitals, and schools — all in an effort to improve Mexico’s standard of living and to enhance the competitiveness of its economy in spite of the global economic crisis.

Calderón was named Leader of the Year by the Latin Business Chronicle in 2007 and was honored by Latin Trade with the BRAVO Business Award. Time magazine has designated him as one of their top 100 influential people in the world.

The Global Leaders series, sponsored by Colgate’s Parents’ and Grandparents’ Fund, allows the university to invite high-profile guests like Felipe Calderón to campus.

Other lecture series speakers have included President Bill Clinton; Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain; and the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

For information on attending the 2013 Global Leaders lecture, visit colgate.edu/globalleaders. To see a full list of Spring Family Weekend events, visit colgate.edu/familyweekend.


  • Rosa Marcos said:

    Global leader? Are you kidding me? This man was one of the worst presidents of Mexico. If this man was showing his face somewhere in Mexico, there would be mass demonstrations to greet him instead of a captive audience. He militarized the federal police, is responsible for the deaths of 10,000s from a bloody drug war, invaded Oaxaca and repressed a popular social movement there and used paramilitaries to repress the Zapatistas. No wonder he was facing criminal charges in Mexico for human rights violations. This man is an extreme human rights violator. Who will Colgate invite next? The Saudi dictator king? Some former Latin American dictator or strong man?

  • George Mendoza said:

    It is really sad what a University needs to do in order to bring up some ranking. Really sad.

  • John A Randolph said:

    Do the Parent’s and Grandparent’s of Colgate University really want to not only fund, but also portray Ex-Mexican President Felipe Calderon as an example of a “Global Leader” to Colgate students? Do you folks have any idea of what this man’s US backed war on drugs has done to the average innocent Mexican people?

    Read for yourselves:


  • John A Randolph said:

    As a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent, I am appalled that Colgate would consider Calderon as a Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders speaker at Colgate. This man has left a legacy of corruption and blood in Mexico. His war on drugs was nothing more than a corrupt government sponsored attempt to eliminate drug cartel competitors. Colgate embraces Calderon’s legacy by turning a blind eye to his 100,000 drug war dead and 25,000 drug war missing.

    Please read the many petition comments about Calderon made by the good people of Mexico.


  • Luis Islas said:

    Are you kidding?? more than 70 000 deaths, more than 30 000 missing people; the salary goes down by 30%, he was protecting the drug dealer Chapo Guzman and still have something to said? I’m from México and this kind of note sounds like a joke for me.

  • Pete Nathan said:

    He is agree with the illegal immigration!!

  • Jack Anderson said:

    What a joke the country was a disaster under his administration!!

  • Deidre Williams said:

    This should be an interesting lecture. Please clarify how to reserve tickets.

  • Allison Hart said:

    What a great guest! I hope that we will be able to watch his lecture streaming online!

    • Mark Walden said:

      Unfortunately, contracts often prevent us from streaming the Global Leaders lecture. However, if we are able to broadcast our April event, we will post access information on our website.