FLORENCE – On Monday, March 27, Philip Lader, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, will visit Francis Marion University.
Lader will give a speech, followed by a question and answer session, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center Lecture Hall, Room 114. The event is free and the public is invited.
Lader, a South Carolina businessman and educator, became the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Sept.12, 1997. He had served in President Clinton's cabinet as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and previously was the White House deputy chief of staff and assistant to the president.
Before entering government service, Lader was president of Sea Pines Company as a developer and operator of award-winning recreation communities, executive vice president of the late Sir James Goldsmith's U.S. holding company, and president of universities in South Carolina and Australia.
Lader founded “Renaissance Weekends,” annual family retreats for leaders, beginning in 1981, and was a candidate for South Carolina Governor in 1986. He has chaired and served on the boards of numerous economic development and education institutions and projects.
Lader earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa), his master of arts degree from the University of Michigan, and studied law at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School (J.D.).
He is married to Linda LeSourd Lader. The couple, and their two daughters, maintain their permanent residence on Hilton Head Island.