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Source: Charles Reagan, 785-532-6221,
Pronouncer: Bair is Bear.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Sheila C. Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will deliver Kansas State University's first Landon Lecture of the 2009-2010 school year at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in K-State's McCain Auditorium.

Bair is expected to discuss the state of American banking in general and its future, including proposed regulatory reform.

A Kansas native, Bair became the 19th chair of the FDIC in 2006 and is serving a five-year term. She also was appointed a member of the FDIC's board of directors through July 2013. As head of the FDIC, she oversees an agency tasked to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system.

Prior to her appointment to the FDIC, Bair was Dean's Professor of Financial Regulatory Policy for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also has served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; senior vice president for government relations of the New York Stock Exchange; and commissioner and acting chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In addition, Bair served as research director, deputy counsel and counsel to U.S. Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas.

Bair earned a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Kansas.

The lecture can be seen live on K-State TV -- Channel 8 on Cox Cable in Manhattan and Junction City -- and will be replayed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, with additional replays to be scheduled. The video production unit at K-State's Educational Communciations Center provides the live video feed for K-State TV and the webcast that is available for all Landon Lectures. The webcast also is a service of the K-State office of mediated education and is available at