“Wofford College will host the Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum, featuring Republican presidential candidates, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on the college’s campus.
All major Republican presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the event, part of the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security, which brought the 2011 Republican Presidential Candidates Debate presented by CBS to Wofford’s campus. The event is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party.
The Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum will be moderated by former S.C. Gov. David Beasley. It will be free and open to the public.
“Whoever America elects as its new commander-in-chief in 2016 will be facing the most complex national security and foreign policy situation that a president has ever faced,” Hipp says. “In short, electing a commander-in-chief who can keep America safe so that we remain free will be the dominant issue of the presidential campaign. I’m pleased that the Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum, hosted by Wofford College and co-sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party, will exclusively address these issues.”
Matt Moore, chairman of the S.C. GOP, notes the importance of South Carolina in presidential races. “South Carolina’s Republican primary presents an important test for candidates. For a generation, no Republican candidate has won the White House without first winning support from South Carolina’s diverse and informed Republican voters. This forum will bring important issues in this race to the forefront, and we are pleased to be a part of the event.”
Founded in 2011, the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security is designed to create signature events at Wofford. The goal of these events is to capture the attention of students and the public, and draw them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. The lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr. (Class of 1982).
Mr. Van Hipp, chairman of American Defense International Inc. in Washington, D.C., recently released his latest book, “The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It.”
Hipp has been immersed in defense and security matters since 1990 when he was appointed deputy assistant secretary of the Army for reserve forces and mobilization. He was named by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to be the principal deputy general counsel of the Navy. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Hipp served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. He is a frequent writer and speaker on defense and international policy issues.”
Van Hipp, is a former Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, serving from 1987-1989. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army and the former Principal Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Navy, He is author of The New Terrorism: How To Fight It And Defeat It. The book has a foreword by Newt Gingrich.