MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will make a trip to Alabama's capital city in October where he'll be the keynote speaker at Faulkner University's Annual Benefit Dinner.
Faulkner President Mike Williams confirmed Blair's selection in a news conference Monday for the event, set for October 4.
"This year, we've been able to secure a speaker who's known worldwide. He's one of the most consequential global figures of our time, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Tony Blair," Williams said. "Mr. Blair's unparalleled international experience, both as Prime Minister and since leaving office, gives him a unique perspective on global events and the political insight to offer solutions to the critical challenges of our time," Williams added.
Blair is the latest name in Faulkner's annual event, which has featured politicians, journalists, athletes, coaches, comedians, and astronauts.
"Mr. Blair is at the forefront of today's most challenging debates, such as how technology will impact the workforce, tackling issues of inequality in societies across the globe, and in particular, on Brexit," Williams said.
Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, becoming the only Labour leader in the party's 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. In his post-office life Blair has remained at the very forefront of world affairs, creating the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in 2017 to focus on helping nations deliver effective governance, tackling extremism and promoting peace.
The announcement follows a momentous 75th anniversary as Faulkner celebrated its past and looks forward to the future with a new autism center coming in 2019 and a new College of Health Sciences beginning this fall.
The Benefit Dinner will be hosted at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on October 4.
Proceeds from the dinner go to support Faulkner and student scholarships in particular. For tickets call 334-386-7257 or visit Faulkner.edu/blair.