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Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward Speaking at USM November 15

Bob Woodward will keynote the third annual Wright Express Leadership and Creativity Event Series with a presentation on “Presidential Decisions and the Role of Leadership in the 2012 Elections.”

The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, November 15th in Hannaford Lecture Hall, Bedford Street, Portland.

All ticket proceeds will support USM scholarships. Tickets are $20, general admission and $10 for students. Seating will be first come, first-served.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to:

Wright Express Leadership and Creativity Event Series .

The Wright Express Leadership and Creativity Event Series was created in 2010 to bring speakers or creative presenters of national or international renown to USM on an annual basis for the benefit of the entire community. This event is held each fall and 100 percent of ticket proceeds will support general scholarships at USM.

“Wright Express is proud to continue to sponsor this series as a way to provide a community forum for an exploration of the impact of creative leadership and as a means of supporting scholarships for USM students,” said Wright Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dubyak.  “This series has been a sold-out event each year and we anticipate an extremely high level of interest this year as well.”

Woodward will present the successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Obama – and offers insights into the role of leadership in the 2012 elections, helping audiences understand where administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues and what to look for in future leaders. 

Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently associate editor.  He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.  Woodward was the lead reporter for The Post’s articles on the aftermath of September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

Woodward has authored or co-authored 17 books, all of which have been national non-fiction best sellers.  Twelve have been #1 national best sellers-more, than any contemporary non-fiction author.  His most recent book “The Price of Politics,” now available for purchase, details how President Obama and congressional leaders handled the economic crisis.