Friday, April 06, 2007

Former governor to speak at Tech

Former Gov. Mark Warner will visit Virginia Tech next week to speak about energy investment.

Warner, whose term as governor ended in January 2006, had a successful career as an entrepreneur before getting into politics. He helped create more than 70 telecommunications and technology companies, including Nextel Communications.

His speech is part of a Tech's Deans' Task Force on Energy and the Environment, a program that has sponsored a series of programs this academic year. Warner's speech will be at 11 a.m. April 13 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Warner, 52, entertained thoughts of running for president before announcing an end to his exploratory campaign in October, citing family considerations.

A native of Indianapolis, Warner graduated from George Washington University in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1980.

Hans Puttgen, inaugural director of the Energy Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, will speak at 2:30 p.m. April 13 in 3100 Torgersen Hall as part of the series. Marilyn Brown, chairwoman of energy policy at Georgia Tech's school of public policy, will give a speech April 20 as part of the series.

For more information, go to www.research.vt.edu/energy/.

-- Greg Esposito