UNIVERSITY PARK – Karen Tandy, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration will speak on “Drug Issues” at the next Penn State Forum, scheduled for Nov. 13, in President’s Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.
Nominated by President George W. Bush, Tandy was confirmed in 2003 by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate as administrator of the DEA, a $2.2 billion agency with approximately 11,000 employees across the United States and in 85 foreign offices. Under her leadership, DEA investigations resulted in criminal charges against 87 percent of the most wanted drug trafficking leaders, an 82 percent increase in the number of dismantled priority drug trafficking organizations, and a 400 percent increase in the seizure of drug proceeds and related assets, with a record-breaking $3.75 billion in seized drug assets and revenue denied to traffickers in a two year period from 2004-2006. In 2005, Tandy also developed and launched the first Web site designed for teens regarding the consequences of illegal drugs. The site received wide acclaim from teenagers, schools, drug prevention specialists and community coalitions.
Co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore, the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is a Faculty Staff Club event that is open to the general public. The luncheons, modeled after the National Press Club Speaker Series, include a presentation by an invited speaker, followed by audience questions.
Tickets for the Penn State Forum are $12 for Faculty/Staff Club members or $14 for nonmembers. Tickets are available through the id+ office in the HUB-Robeson Center. The cost of a ticket for each event is $12. Attendees can pay by check or by using an id+ account. For tickets or information, call 814-865-7590.
For the full list of speakers for 2007-08 check online.