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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

November 30, 2017

College of the Ozarks hosts Karl Rove, former presidential senior advisor, on Wednesday, Nov. 29

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted Karl Rove, former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, as the speaker for the Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

Rove, an iconic political strategist, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day.

He served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-2007. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs. He was also deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters

“I feel a real affinity for this campus,” Rove said. “The idea of Hard Work U. appeals to a guy who was so poor, I couldn’t afford an apartment or house. This is a place that opens the doors to the cathedral of learning for those who couldn’t afford it.”

More than 2,000 people gathered to hear Rove’s remarks, including College of the Ozarks students, faculty, staff, and community members.

“Karl Rove’s extensive knowledge of history and politics was evident in how he presented the issues of American society,” said Tara McCloskey, junior journalism major. “His stories about patriots across the country rekindled my belief that anything is possible through dedication and hard work.”

In spite of political turmoil and difficulty faced in our nation, Rove presented a message of hope.

“Things don’t get done as quickly as we want to get them done, or they may not get done like we’d like them to get them done,” he said. “But we’ve been messed up before, and something has always happened to get us out of it. We had the tall, lanky lawyer, the twice failed political candidate from Illinois, who becomes the president of the United States and saves the union. Without Abraham Lincoln we would not be one country united.

“We had that lawyer, the B actor from California, who takes the presidency in 1980 and somehow or another instills confidence in America and its mission and sets us on the road to defeat Soviet communism. We passed the draft by one vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1940. We passed Lend-Lease by a complete subterfuge on the part of the president, and without those two measures, we could not have fought and won World War II in the five years that we did. And something will happen now because the American people’s practical, good sense will say, we want to get it right. The people in Washington, the people we send to Washington, will help us get it right.”

The evening’s program included a prelude by the College of the Ozarks Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Kevin Powers, assistant professor of music; special remarks by President Jerry C. Davis and Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education; the Presentation of Colors by the Bobcat Company Army ROTC; and special music, “America the Beautiful,” performed by College of the Ozarks combined choirs and concert band, with Dr. John Cornish, assistant professor of music, conducting. 

At the convocation, four students were recognized for their high level of civic engagement and willingness to serve the community: C of O senior Loyal Carpenter, son of Brent and JoAnn Carpenter, from Rocheport, Missouri; C of O senior Christian Lingner, son of David and Nancy Lingner, from Branson, Missouri; C of O senior Lauren Presley, daughter of Scott and Malinda Presley, from Branson, Missouri; and School of the Ozarks senior Will Shafer, son of Michael and Kris Shafer, from Lampe, Missouri.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


11.30.17 – Valorie Coleman 


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