Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander to speak at Lyon College


Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark (pictured) will share his thoughts about what he calls “important issues facing America” in a public forum at Lyon College on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will include a Q & A session and will be held at 6 p.m. in the Brown Fine Arts Building on the campus of Lyon College.

Clark, a retired four-star U.S. Army general and 2004 presidential candidate, is appearing at Lyon as part of his “Renew America Together” initiative that focuses “…on civility and the major concerns Americans face now,” a release from the college noted.

Former Miss Arkansas Beth Anne Rankin, owner and president of Beth Anne Productions, Inc., will join Clark in the discussion. Rankin was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas. The William Jefferson Clinton Professor of International Politics at Lyon College, Dr. Bradley Gitz, will moderate.

Renew America Together is hosting events at venues across the country including, most recently, the University of Pennsylvania where Clark was met on stage with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who served as the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

The non-profit Renew America Together was created to promote and achieve greater common ground in America by reducing partisan division and gridlock. Its stated mission is “to revitalize public and political discourse by teaching and promoting civics, citizenship, and civility.”

To learn more about Renew America Together, please visit

The Lyon College Division of Advancement is hosting the event. For more information, contact Dr. David Hutchison, Vice President for Advancement,

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