Wal-Mart CEO to talk at WSU
9:01:23 AM CDT - Thursday, November 03, 2005
By Amy Geiszler-Jones
The president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will give a lecture to WSU students and be the guest luncheon speaker in December as part of a business series sponsored by the Barton School of Business.
The James P. Schwartz Memorial Lecture Series will feature H. Lee Scott Jr., who has led Wal-Mart Stores Inc. since 2000. He will give a free lecture to WSU faculty and students from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the CAC Theater.
About 400 tickets are available for the lecture, and more than half had already been distributed a week after the tickets became available in late October. To reserve a ticket, call the Barton School dean's office at 978-6403.
Later Dec. 7, Scott will give the presentation "Wal-Mart: Evolving to Serve Our Customers and Society" at a $50-per-person luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency.
A 27-year veteran of Wal-Mart, Scott rose through the ranks of the company's logistics operation. He has been instrumental in continually improving Wal-Mart's distribution network, one of the most technologically advanced and efficient networks in the world.
Under his leadership, the company has continued to grow and improve throughout its business formats. The company's international business has seen particular growth and improvement in recent years.
Scott is no stranger to Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree in business from Pittsburg State, which named him an outstanding alumnus in 1995.
The James P. Schwartz Memorial Lecture is named for WSU business alumnus James Schwartz, who received his bachelor's degree in 1962. After earning his MBA from Harvard University in 1964, he worked in various capacities for Elmer Fox & Co., and later joined Pizza Hut in 1970, where he was appointed vice president of finance. In 1973, at the age of 36, Schwartz died when he was struck by lightning at Crestview Country Club.
The lecture series was established following his death. The endowed fund that created the series eventually dwindled as several outstanding business people were brought to speak in Wichita, and as it took a hit during a stock market downturn. With the help of James Schwartz's son, Jim, and friend Dan Carney, along with several others, the fund was revitalized in 2003.