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Former financial holding company CEO to speak at NDSU

The NDSU Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth is set to host John Allison for a public talk Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the AgCountry Auditorium at Richard H. Barry Hall.

Allison is the former chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp., the 10th-largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. Allison was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world during the last decade. He is currently an executive-in-residence at the Wake Forest School of Business.

Allison’s talk, “The Philosophical Fight for the Future of America,” is the first event for the Challey Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

“I’m excited that John Allison will be the first speaker in our series,” said John Bitzan, director of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. “His wealth of knowledge of financial markets and the importance of free markets in enhancing economic opportunity will be of interest to a wide variety of people in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

The event is free and open to the public. The first 100 attendees will receive a free book.

Allison is the author of “The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope” and “The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” He was president and CEO of the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace, from 2012 to 2015.

The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth aims to advance understanding in the areas of innovation, trade and institutions to identify policies and solutions that enhance economic growth and opportunity

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