“There has never been a more important moment to be dedicated to and engaged in women’s education and in connecting our students to the world beyond our gates.”

Carmen Twillie Ambar
Cedar Crest College

Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to deliver lecture at Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA (September 30, 2009)—Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will deliver the William D. Reimert Lecture at Cedar Crest College on Thursday, October 22, 7:15 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center. Whitman will explore “Women’s Leadership” in her talk, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.
The Reimert Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of a series of events at Cedar Crest from October 21-23 celebrating the inauguration of Carmen Twillie Ambar as the College’s 13th president.

Whitman served as the 50th governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001—the only female to ever hold the office in state history—and as the ninth administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003, during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

As governor, Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. She was also recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council for instituting the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies. She also championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent, and established the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of “brownfields,” or previously contaminated industrial sites.

She is currently the president of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Whitman is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC), which she founded with Senator John Danforth. The RLC’s mission is to support fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidates. She is the author of a New York Times bestseller titled, It’s My Party Too, which was published in January of 2005 and released in paperback in March 2006.

Former Governor Whitman is on the steering committee of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey; the board of trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships; the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations; the governing board of the Park City Center for Public Policy; and is a member of the board of the New America Foundation.

The William D. Reimert Lecture Series was established by Mrs. Virginia Reimert in honor of her husband. William Reimert, who was president and executive editor of the Call-Chronicle Newspapers at the time of his death in 1969, started his newspaper career working at The Morning Call while a student at Ursinus College. He became a member of the regular reporting staff in 1925.

Past Reimert Lecture speakers have included broadcasting pioneer and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, and syndicated columnist William F. Buckley.

To pre-register for this event (required) or for information go to www.cedarcrest.edu/register, or call 610-740-3791.


Located in Allentown, PA, Cedar Crest College was recently selected as a Top 10 Women’s College in the United States by Forbes. The nationally ranked liberal arts college is committed to the education of women leaders in an increasingly global society. Founded in 1867, Cedar Crest currently enrolls approximately 1,900 students—full-time, part-time and graduate—in more than 30 fields of study.