Washington D.C. lobbyist and Mercer University alumnus Bob Hurt will be the keynote speaker for Wednesdays Founders Day convocation at Mercer. The campus-wide convocation will be at 10 a.m. in Willingham Auditorium. The title of Hurts Founders Day speech is Desegregation: The Campus Radicals Who Saved Mercers Soul.
Hurt serves as principal of the Washington, D.C. government marketing and lobbying firm Hurt, Norton and Associates Inc. He spent 24 years as a congressional staff assistant, including stints as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bo Ginn, U.S. Rep. Lindsay Thomas and U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, according to a news release.
A United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Hurt worked on Mercers campus newspaper, The Cluster, for four years as a student. He went on to report for the Atlanta Constitution, moving to Washington D.C. in 1970 as a correspondent for the newspaper, the news release said.