Business college to host railroad president
The president of a longstanding railroad company will deliver the featured speech at an annual lecture series hosted by the Price College of Business.
James Young, Union Pacific Corp president and chief executive officer, will lead a public lecture for members of the OU and Norman communities as part of the college’s Kanaly Lecture Series at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium.
A question-and-answer session and reception are scheduled after the lecture, according to a press release.
The Kanaly Lecture Series is typically held once a year, but sometimes a speaker is brought in each semester, said Kate Burch, Price College communications director.
Young will be the first leader from a railroad company to speak in the series, Burch said.
Young’s standing in the railroad industry made him a good choice for this year’s event, Burch said.
The railroad president was named chief executive officer of Union Pacific in 2005 and chairman in 2007 after working with the company since 1978. He was chairman of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and on the board of the FXE Railroad in Mexico, according to a press release.
The lecture series is named after the late E. Deane Kanaly. Kanaly, an OU graduate, was the founder and chairman of Kanaly Trust Company, according to the event invitation. Kanaly’s wife, Virginia, currently provides funding for the lecture series.
Previous Kanaly Lecture Series speakers include leaders from energy, accounting and airline businesses, according to a press release.
The event is free and open to all OU students, faculty and staff.