Former Intel chairman coming to EC

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

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 “Educational Competitiveness.”

The next day, Barrett and Eureka College President J. David Arnold will meet with area business and education leaders and tour the Quest Charter Academy, Peoria.

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 467-6322.