National Convocation on the Future of U.S. Research Universities


America’s research universities have long been engines of U.S. economic growth, but they are in danger of serious decline.  Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security, a report released last year by National Research Council, identified major steps that federal and state governments, businesses, and universities should take to ensure that American research institutions remain among the best in the world. On Oct. 10, leaders from business, academia, and government will discuss what was learned at a series of nine regional meetings held around the country and identify top priorities for strengthening U.S. research institutions. Speakers include U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; U.S. Representative Rush Holt (Dem.-N.J.); Norman Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed-Martin Corp.; Bill Green, former chairman of Accenture; Charles O. Holliday, chairman of Bank of America, Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas system; and William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland system.



The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.  Seating is limited; reporters should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or  Those who cannot attend in person can watch a live webcast of the morning’s speakers at