(March 5, 2007) — David M. Walker, the US Comptroller General, will speak at McPherson (Kan.) College on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Auditorium. Walker was recently featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a segment about US fiscal difficulties.
At McPherson, Walker will discuss the United States’ four deficits: the federal budget deficit, the savings deficit, the overall balance-of-payments deficit, and America’s leadership deficit. “The truth is that the United States now confronts four interrelated deficits with serious implications for our standard of living at home and our role in the world,” Walker is quoted in a release from the college.
The lecture is part of the college’s Flory Lectureship in Public Policy.
“Walker will point out the challenges that America faces with its deficit,” according to the release. “He will make clear how important it is for the United States’ general public to understand the negative changes that may impact us as a nation unless action is taken.”
Walker became the seventh comptroller general of the US in 1998 and is serving a term of 15 years, according to the college. He is the nation’s chief accountability officer and head of the US Government Accountability Office. His experience extends into the business world, where he worked as acting executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty in 1985. From 1987-89 he was assistant secretary of labor for Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs. From 1998-99 he worked as partner and global managing director of human capital services for Arthur Anderson LLP. He is also certified in public accounting.
The Raymond and Rowena Flory Lectureship in Public Policy was established in 2001 to honor the contributions of Dr. Raymond Flory, former professor of history at McPherson, and his wife, Rowena. Flory served as vice president and dean of students and taught at the college for 51 years.