Lexington, Virginia • January 13, 2009
Wallace Renfro, vice president and senior advisor to the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and Jeffrey Toobin, journalist and author, are the kickoff speakers for Washington and Lee University's eighth annual Institute for Honor on Friday, Jan. 23, in Lee Chapel. Renfro's talk will be at 11:30 a.m. and Toobin's at 2 p.m.
The program this year is "Sports in America: Playing Fair." These two events are free and open to the public.
Renfro has worked more than four decades in the communications and public relations field, including more than 35 years at the NCAA. He has served as a spokesperson for the NCAA in every major-market newspaper in the country. His op-eds and columns have been published in USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of other publications.
In his capacity as vice president and senior advisor, Renfro has written hundreds of speeches, position papers and Congressional testimonies; has testified before Congress on issues in college sports; and provides advice and counsel on a broad range of issues in intercollegiate athletics.
Renfro worked in university relations before joining the NCAA in 1972. He is the 2002 recipient of College Sports Information Directors of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.
A senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is an expert on politics, media and the law. He is the author of The New York Times bestsellers "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" and "Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election."
After a six-year tenure with ABC News, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst for the CNN News Group, later becoming senior analyst. As staff writer for The New Yorker, Toobin has covered former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
In his talk, Toobin will reflect on the role of sports in American popular culture and will discuss recent congressional efforts to restrict performance enhancing drugs among professional athletes.
Established in 2000 at W&L by a generous endowment from the Class of 1960, the Institute's objective is to promote the understanding and practice of honor as an indispensable element of society. Its mandate is to provide an educational and resource management facility dedicated to the advocacy of honor as the core value in personal, professional, business and community relations.
To attend the weekend seminar, please contact W&L's Office of Special Programs at 540-458-8723.