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George W. Bush Speaks at 16th Annual Korbel Dinner

Sept. 9, 2013—The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School for International Studies raised more than $670,000 – to support scholarships, faculty research and programs at its 16th Annual Korbel Dinner on Monday night. The sold out event featured two-term former President George W. Bush as its special guest and keynote speaker.

The evening included a conversation between President Bush and the Dean of the Josef Korbel School Ambassador Christopher R. Hill. Hill served under President Bush as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, and U.S. Ambassador to Poland.

"I'm proud to be here with Chris [Ambassador Hill] there's no better man to be at Korbel," said President Bush.

The topics discussed during the conversation ranged from the President's work in Africa to offering leadership advice to prospective civil servants. "You're the president of the richest nation ever and there's a pandemic destroying human life... to sit back and do nothing would be morally bankrupt... we're a moral nation and we should care," said President Bush on his work fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa.

"It was a great honor for the University to host President Bush at the Korbel Dinner this year. A number of our alumni played key roles in his administration during a pivotal time for the United States, and we were absolutely delighted that he accepted our invitation to attend and speak at the dinner," said Robert Coombe, chancellor of the University of Denver. "It was a great night for DU."

In addition to the conversation with President Bush, the University also honored Michael J. Long, chairman, president and CEO of Englewood, Colo., -based Arrow Electronics Inc., with the University of Denver Bridge Builders Award. A $20.4 billion technology company, Arrow provides products, solutions and services to commercial and industrial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.

"Mike Long and Arrow Electronics are long-time supporters of the Denver community," said Hill. "Arrow and Mike's involvement in the international marketplace help further Denver's connection to the global community."

"The Bridge Builder award symbolizes what Arrow tries to do every day for our 100,000 customers in 55 countries around the world," said Long. "Arrow helps people by guiding innovators forward and by using the power of new technology to make the world a better place for us all."

The annual Korbel Dinner honors Josef Korbel, the first dean and founder of the Josef Korbel School, and is the School's principal fundraising event. This year, the dinner's sold out crowd of more than 1,100 guests helped raise over $670,000, setting a new record for the most amount raised by the School on a single night. The funds raised benefit the School's programs, scholarships and centers, which are designed to serve the School's students and the community at large. Each year, the dinner's program includes an internationally prominent keynote speaker and local honorees who have made a global impact.