The former U.S. Secretary of State will appear on April 18 as the school’s eighth Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer.

MADISON, N.J.—An April 18 appearance by Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will close out the 2012-13 Drew Forum lecture series. Rice’s talk is the last in a four-part series that included former NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw; blogger and Fresh Prince of Bel Air creator Andy Borowitz; and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington. Tickets are available to the general public.

Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice was Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999 and is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates LLC.

Since its establishment more than a decade ago, the Drew Forum has been the Northern New Jersey region’s leading public lecture venue. Past speakers include American presidents and vice presidents; foreign heads of state; nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists; noted historians; and White House cabinet secretaries. The series is presented with support from Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and from The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, the former two-term New Jersey governor who served as president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. Rice will appear as the 2013 Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer.

The April 18 event will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Drew’s Simon Forum and Athletic Center. Tickets, which are $32 plus handling, can be purchased through the Drew University Box Office by calling 973.408.3917. Parking will be at Giralda Farms with continuous charter bus service to and from the speaking venue. For more information about the Drew Forum, please visit