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BYU's David M. Kennedy Center to honor Peter R. Huntsman Oct. 6

Peter R. Huntsman, whose business and philanthropic activities embody the highest values and leadership of global citizenship, will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Brigham Young University's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

He will receive the award and present an address, "International Decisions That Will Shape the Future," Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

Huntsman was named president and CEO of Huntsman Corporation in 2000, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals for a variety of global industries. With more than 15,000 employees and contractors, the corporation had revenues for the past 12 months of nearly $11 billion.

He also helps direct a number of domestic and international humanitarian projects funded by the Huntsman family and Huntsman companies. These projects include a multimillion dollar 20-year project to rebuild housing in the country of Armenia following an earthquake that killed more than twenty thousand people; relief projects from the 2004 tsunami floods in India, Thailand and Indonesia; schools in Africa; and scores of initiatives in North America.

His service includes various executive boards for industry, civic and educational organizations as well as to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since 1983, the David M. Kennedy Center has recognized a select number of global leaders with its Distinguished Service Award. This recognition acknowledges individuals who have made international contributions that increase understanding, foster goodwill and demonstrate the importance of a global perspective.

For more information, contact Lee Simons, (801) 422-2652, lee_simons@byu.edu.

Writer: Lee Simons

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