Former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley to open Smeal guest speaker series

University Park, Pa. – Former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley, coauthor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Smeal College of Business on Sept. 24 as the first guest in this year's Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights speaker series. 

Oxley, who now serves as an attorney in the Washington office of the law firm Baker Hostetler, will join Smeal Dean James B. Thomas for an interactive on-stage conversation at noon in 110 Business Building (Struthers Auditorium). The talk is free and open to the public.
 
Oxley spent 25 years in Congress representing Ohio's 4th District. From 2001 through 2006, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, leading the panel during the aftermath of the tech bubble, the difficult post-9/11 period, and a rash of corporate scandals. Oxley also served as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1983 to 2001, and chair of the Commerce, Trade and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee from 1995 to 2001.
 
At Baker Hostetler, Oxley is part of the firm's Government Policy Group, which represents multinational and corporate clients seeking to resolve or avert problems related to federal and/or state policy through legislative or administrative solutions. Additionally, he assists private and public companies with establishing governance policies and compliance programs, as well as with confidential investigations related to noncompliance concerns. He also supports the firm's premier White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice, which represents clients involved with complex white collar crime, regulatory investigations and litigation.
 
In addition to his position with Baker Hostetler, Oxley also is senior adviser to the board of directors of NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. He is a member of APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council and the board of directors of the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. At his undergraduate alma mater, Miami University, he supports the Center for Governance, Risk Management and Reporting at the Farmer School of Business. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Miami University, the University of Findlay and Pace University. In October of 2009, he was elected to the board of trustees of The University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio.
 
Prior to his election to Congress in 1981, he was a special agent of the FBI in Washington, Boston and New York, and a member of the Ohio General Assembly. Previously, he practiced law with the firm Oxley, Malone, Fitzgerald and Hollister in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.
 
He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights, an initiative started in the 2006-2007 academic year, is designed to complement the Smeal educational experience by bringing high-profile business leaders to the college to connect with students, faculty, and administrators to share some of their business expertise and experiences in leadership.
 
 
In addition to Oxley, this fall, Smeal will host Pierre Cohade, president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Asia-Pacific region, on Nov. 12.
 
For more information on Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/execinsights. Past Executive Insights talks are available for download on iTunes U.
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Last Updated November 18, 2010