Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Foundation News Governor Howard Dean to Keynote 2009 OFE Dinner

On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation will host the fifth annual Opportunities for Education scholarship dinner for the purpose of raising dollars for students in need.

 

This years Keynote speaker was a 2004 candidate for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States , former Governor of Vermont, the Chairman of the National Committee and Founder of Democracy for America, Howard Dean.

 

As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Governor Howard Dean made the Democratic Party competitive in every race, in every district, in every state and territory, while integrating national and state party operations and standing up for Democrats' core values. Governor Dean was the architect of a "50-State Strategy," investing money and

staff in every state ' including those where Democrats had long fared poorly ' to build party infrastructure and lay the groundwork for electoral gains. The Obama campaign, working with DNC organizers in all 50 states, won several states that had not elected a Democratic president in decades, including Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana.

 

After achieving national prominence in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Governor Dean founded Democracy for America in 2004 to build on the groundswell of support and the wave of new energy sweeping the Party. And since that time, Democracy for America has been working with the grassroots to elect fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates to all levels of government - local, state, and federal ' all over the country.

 

The breadth of Governor Dean's political experience has given him a unique perspective. He began his political career in the early 1980's as the Chittenden County (Vermont) Democratic Party chair. In 1983, Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. He was then elected lieutenant governor in 1986 and was re-elected in 1988 and 1990. He became Vermont's governor upon the death of Governor Richard A. Snelling on August 14, 1991.

 

Elected to a full term in November 1992, Governor Dean was re-elected four more times and created a record based on fiscally conservative principles that promoted equality and opportunity for all the citizens of Vermont. Under his leadership, Vermont paid down its debt and by 2001 enjoyed a $100 million surplus.

Through his innovative health care plan, 96 percent of Vermont's children now have health care coverage and more than a third of Vermont's Medicare recipients receive state help in paying for their prescription drugs. His 'Success by Six' program ensures that more resources like day-care and home nurses are available to parents if they need them. And with strong support from Governor Dean, Vermont officials instituted an Interactive Learning Network that wired almost all the state's high schools, even in the most

rural areas. Governor Dean's successes prompted Governing magazine to proclaim him "Public Official of the Year" in 2002.

 

Dean's leadership roles also include turns as chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference. Before entering politics, Dean received a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.

 

He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.

 

For more information on attending this annual event please contact:

Stephen Doherty

488-4442 or sdoherty@kvcc.edu

 

 

 

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