Blanchard Forum


Blanchard Forum

The goal of our forum is to provide generations of students, faculty and the MSU community with the opportunity to see, hear, and learn from national and international leaders, diplomats and writers.

The award and forum, announced in 2015, were established through a generous gift to MSU from Jim and Janet Blanchard.


You can help expand our forum and sponsor student participation by a tax deductible gift to the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum.

SPONSORSHIPS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

  • Tickets to VIP reception
  • VIP dinner
  • Photos with the honoree
  • Tickets to the program
  • Recognition in all marketing materials

GIVE TODAY

 

Or mail a check directly to MSU at:

University Advancement
University Development
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824


 

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

2015

President Bill Clinton was the first recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service Award


 

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

2016

Ken burns, a distinguished filmmaker and documentarian, has had an impact on American understanding of our history and human experience.


 

Evan Thomas

Even Thomas

2016

Evan Thomas, a highly acclaimed author, historian and journalist was presented with our first “Distinguished Author Award.”


 

Jo-Ellen Darcy

Jo-Ellen Darcy

2017

Jo-Ellen Darcy is a MSU and Blanchard Administration Alumna, who served with distinction as an Assistant Secretary of the Army and head of the Army Corpsof Engineers.


 

John Lewis

John Lewis

2017

Congressman John Lewis has been a central figure in American politics for decades and has served as a U.S. Representative (D-GA 5th District) for Georgia since 1987.


 

Burton Gerber

Burton Gerber

2018

Burton Gerber is an MSU Alumnus, former career CIA Case Officer, CIA Station Chief, and current Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.


 

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts

2018

Renowned author and journalist Cokie Roberts has been an political commentator for ABC News and NPR for over 40 years


 

Carl Levin

Carl Levin

2019

Carl Levin has been influential in politics for decades, serving as a Democratic United State Senator for Michigan from 1979 to 2015. Levin also was the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.


For sponsorship information for upcoming programs, please contact:

Alex Tripp
517-432-1801
actripp@msu.edu