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Commencement Speaker

Robert B. Reich
Robert B. Reich

Robert B. Reich

Economic analyst, noted author and former presidential advisor Robert B. Reich will address graduates at Excelsior College’s 41st Commencement on Friday, July 13.

Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. He has written 14 books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers Locked in the Cabinet and The Future of Success, which in 2002 was ranked by BusinessWeek magazine as the #2 best-selling business book. He has written more than 200 articles on the global economy, the changing nature of work and the centrality of human capital. Reich also writes a weekly, nationally syndicated column that focuses on the economy and appears in papers ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to The Kansas City Star. He is a consultant to many governments and corporations.

Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s “Marketplace.” His columns appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major national newspapers. He appears several times a week on CNBC.

In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2004, he was named one of America’s three most influential opinion leaders on business and the economy. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal named him one of the nation’s top ten thought leaders. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century.

He earned a BA from Dartmouth College, an MA from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School.