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Former CIA director to speak at BYU Wheatley lecture Nov. 3

R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, will be speaking Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young University’s Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. His subject will be “Energy in the 21st Century: Could Muir, Patton, and Gandhi Agree on a Program?” and is hosted by the Wheatley Institution.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and a venture partner with Lux Capital Management. He also chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and is the chair for the strategic advisory group of the Paladin Capital Group.

Previously, he served as a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton and as a venture partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, CA. From 2002 to 2008, he was a partner at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., (now Goodwin Procter), where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Woolsey also held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993–1995) as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A frequent contributor of articles to major publications, he also gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense and intelligence.

Named for Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley, the Wheatley Institution at BYU enhances the reputation and scholarship of BYU by seeking creative and powerful ideas that lead toward practical and constructive solutions to real societal issues.

For more information, contact Lee Simons, 801-422-2652, or visit


Writer: Melissa Connor


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