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The annual President’s Forum, held in the fall on the college’s beautiful campus in Valhalla, NY, focuses on important public issues such as the media, foreign affairs, the economy, and education.  We are proud to have had prominent guests such as President Clinton, Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, journalists Paul Krugman and Paul Gigot, in addition to many others. The funds raised support the Foundation’s Scholarship and Program Fund.


 2016 President’s Forum


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Forum 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Reception 4:30- 5:30 pm 

The tumultuous campaign season will have ended, and the newly elected 45th President of the United States will be preparing for the Inauguration when we gather in November for Westchester Community College Foundation’s President’s Forum.  As our complex society faces the challenges that lie ahead for the nation, we must wonder if our leaders will remember the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson, when he said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Join us as we bring together an outstanding team of American journalists, who will evaluate the just finished Election Campaign and will discuss the challenges ahead for both the new President and the new leaders in Congress.

Ruth Marcus
Editorial Board and op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy.   She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Jason Riley
A member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration and race, among other subjects. Mr. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a commentator for Fox News.

Bret Stephens
The author of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, he is the Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal, where he is responsible for the international opinion pages.  He is a regular panelist on Fox News as well as other political talk shows.

Maureen Dowd
Ms. Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of two New York Times best sellers, became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in 1995. Her most recent book is The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.