27th York Distinguished Lecturer Series
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 • 2:00pm
Senator Bob Graham
Two-term Florida Governor
US Senator from Florida for 18 years
"What Would E.T. York Do?: How will land-grant
institutions navigate the next 150 years?"
The Morrill Act signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 enabled the creation of land-
grant universities, making higher education more widely available to Americans
and paving the way for some of the country’s finest institutions. As Florida’s
1862 land-grant university, we are proud to be among that illustrious group and
celebrate the act’s 150th anniversary. We are dedicated to vigorously honor the
objectives of the Morrill Act through our own mission to teach, research and
provide service to the state of Florida, the nation and the world.
Emerson Alumni Hall
1938 West University Avenue
University of Florida, Gainesville
Lecture is free and open to the public
Senator Bob Graham is the former two–term governor of
Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate.
This is combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature
for a total of 38 years of public service. As Governor and
Senator, Bob Graham was a centrist, committed to bringing
his colleagues together behind programs that served the
broadest public interest. He was recognized by the people of
Florida when he received an 83% approval ranking as he
concluded eight years as Governor. Bob Graham retired from
public service in January 2005, following his Presidential
campaign in 2004.
Bob Graham is recognized for his leadership on issues
ranging from education, economic development, health care
and environmental preservation to his ten years of service
on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — including
eighteen months as chairman in 2001–2002. Following the
release of the Joint Inquiry’s final report in July 2003,
Senator Graham steadfastly advocated reform of the
intelligence community and sponsored legislation to bring
about needed changes. In the fall of 2004 Senator Graham
authored “Intelligence Matters” based upon his experiences
gleaned during the joint inquiry and his analysis of the run
up to the Iraq war.
After retiring from public life, Senator Graham served for a
year as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of
Government where he lectured to undergraduate, graduate and
executive management students. His primary focus was on
civic education and intelligence issues, which continue to
be of great importance to him.
Senator Graham was appointed in May of 2010 by the President
to serve as Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The
Commission’s task was to examine the root causes of the oil
disaster and to develop recommendations for guarding
against, and mitigating the impact of, future oil spills
associated with offshore drilling. The Commission delivered
its final report to the President on January 11, 2011.
Senator Graham also served as a Commissioner on the
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, established by Congress
to examine the global and domestic causes of the recent
financial crisis. The Commission provided its findings and
conclusions in a final report to Congress on January 27,
Senator Graham served as the Chairman of the Commission on
the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation
and Terrorism whose mandate was to build on the work of the
9/11 Commission and complete a critical task: to assess the
nation’s progress in preventing the proliferation of weapons
of mass destruction and terrorism, and to provide a roadmap
to greater security with concrete recommendations for
improvement. The Commission’s report, “World At Risk,” was
published in the fall of 2008. Currently he serves as
chairman of the WMD Center a 501c3 not for profit research
organization which continues the work of the Commission.
In addition to his commission related activities, Senator
Graham also serves as a member of the CIA External Advisory
Board. As a member, Senator Graham serves an informal
advisor to the Director and other senior leaders of the
Graham is a member of the board of directors of the Graham
Companies, agricultural and real estate companies; Well
Care, a Florida based health care firm; as a public member
on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;
and ACT, a national testing firm.
Senator Graham is also the author of a book published in
2009 about civic participation, entitled “America: The
Owner’s Manual.” The goal of the book is to provide ordinary
people with the means and motivation to go out and influence
decision makers in order to achieve positive change in their
neighborhoods, communities, state and nation.
Senator Graham has also been a regular contributor to
National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, a frequent guest on
CNN, Fox and MSNBC news, and has authored numerous opinion
editorials for newspapers. Since retirement, his
commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Washington
Post, The Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe,
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, Washington
Times, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times,
South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sarasota Herald Tribune,
Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post, Tallahassee Democrat and
the Tampa Tribune.
Senator Graham serves as the chair of the Board of Overseers
of the Graham Center for Public Service. The Center, with
its home at the University of Florida, was formally
established in March of 2008 with public and civic
leadership as its primary programs. Through the Joint Center
on Citizenship in conjunction with the Lew Frey Institute at
the University of Central Florida he is enhancing the
teaching of civics in the elementary and secondary schools
In June, 2011, Graham’s first novel, “Keys to the Kingdom,”
was published. This novel of suspense draws upon his
background in government and intelligence.
Since his retirement, Senator Graham has been recognized by
national and Florida organizations for his public service.
The Woodrow Wilson Institute award for Public Service
The National Park Trust Public Service award
The Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame
The Florida Homebuilders Hall of Fame
The largest bridge in Florida, constructed while he was
Governor, was renamed the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge
LeRoy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award from Leadership
An honorary doctorate of public service from his alma
mater, the University of Florida.
Honorary doctorate from Pomona College
Honorary doctorate from Nova Southeastern University
Honorary member of the American Society of Landscape
In 2011 he was designated a Great Floridian by the state
Bob and Adele have returned to their home in Miami Lakes,
Florida, and are enjoying more time with their four
daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Persons with disabilities
requiring special arrangements, please call
Sharon Borneman at 352-392-5930 or 711 (TDD/TTY)
by March 21, 2012 so that proper
arrangements can be made.
Handicapped parking is located
under the UF Foundation's building located next
to Emerson Alumni Hall at 100 NW 20th Street.