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Re-Posted - April 11, 2011


Former Intel Chairman to Speak at Eureka College

The Reagan Centennial Speaker Series Continues


Craig Barrett, retired chairman of the board at Intel Corporation, will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center at Eureka College.

The free presentation is titled "America’s Competitiveness in the 21st Century: The Impact of Education.” The presentation will discuss the U.S. educational system and how to improve the system to become more competitive with other countries.

“The rest of the world is ramping up their efforts in education trying to attract the high-paying jobs of the 21st century. Meanwhile the U.S. languishes with a K-12 system that performs poorly compared with other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,” Barrett said. “Couple this with an immigration system that sends foreign nationals studying at our universities home after gaining their degrees, and we have a major problem developing the work force we need to compete.”           

Numerous studies of K-12 education have suggested ways to improve, yet after several decades the problem has worsened, Barrett said.  

Barrett and Eureka College President J. David Arnold will meet with area business and education leaders and tour the Quest Charter Academy, Peoria, on April 20.  

Barrett is an advocate for improving education in the United States and around the world. He also speaks about the value of technology in raising global social and economic standards.

Barrett was chairman at Intel from 2005 to 2009. He joined the corporation in 1974, was elected to the board of directors in 1992 and became chief operating officer in 1993. He was named president in 1997 and chief executive officer in 1998.

Barrett is chairman of the board of Change the Equation, which promotes widespread literacy in the STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. He is chairman of BASIS Schools Inc. and Achieve Inc. and is a board member of K12 Inc.  He is co-chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Council, a technology research and development center under development near Moscow, Russia. He formerly was chairman of the U.N. Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world. He serves on numerous boards and government panels on education, technology, health care, conservation and jobs creation.

Barrett received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, all from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., where he was an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England. He has written more than 40 papers about the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials and a textbook on materials science titled “Principles of Engineering Materials.”                                   

Barrett and his wife, Barbara Barrett, a former U.S. Ambassador to Finland, are members of the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College, which supports the college’s Reagan-related programs.                                                                                                                              

The presentation is sponsored in part by PNC Bank, Peoria, as part of the Reagan Centennial Speakers Series. For more information about the presentation, call (309) 467-6322.




About Eureka College

Founded in 1855 in Eureka, Ill., Eureka College is a private liberal arts college that was the first college in Illinois and the third in the nation to accept men and women on an equal basis. With an enrollment of 800, Eureka excels in promoting servant leadership with a deep commitment to excellence in learning, service and leadership.

For its efforts, the college is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among “America’s Best Colleges” and in 2010 was ranked first in Illinois with graduates with the least amount of college debt.  Eureka lists among its graduates 42 college presidents, seven governors or members of Congress and the 40th President of the United States, Ronald W. Reagan, Class of 1932.

The Eureka College National Historic District honors these many servant leaders and the historic architecture of the beautiful 124-acre campus.  Visitors are welcome to stroll through historic campus buildings and visit the Ronald Reagan Museum, which houses more than 10,000 items from his life, and the Reagan Peace Garden, which commemorates his famous “Eureka Speech" that marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War.




Michele Lehman

Media Relations Coordinator


(309) 467-6318





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