Former Vice President Mike Pence will speak on the campus of Bob Jones University on Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. He will speak in a “fireside chat” in Stratton Hall, after which he will sign his New York Times bestseller, So Help Me God, will be be available for sale. The event is open to the public.
“As a Christian liberal arts educational institution, we are honored to host thought leaders like Vice President Pence who can inform and challenge our students,” said BJU President Steve Pettit in a press release. “I look forward to having our students and members of the Greenville community hear him in person.”
While serving as the 48th vice president of the United States, Pence worked to strengthen U.S. relations with South Korea and other nations in Asia, making a tour of the Asia-Pacific region in April 2017. He also led the White House Coronavirus Task Force and served as the tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate.
Since leaving office, Pence founded Advancing American Freedom, a conservative think tank that researches and suggests policy solutions, strategies, coalitions and messaging campaigns.
Before becoming vice president, Pence graduated with a BA in history from Hanover College and earned a JD from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986. After graduating, he worked in private law practice for several years and hosted two radio shows, one of which was syndicated statewide in Indiana.
Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where he served from 2001-2013. He was elected chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and the House Republican Conference.
In 2013, Pence became governor of Indiana. While in office, he expanded religious freedom laws and signed legislation to cut taxes. He also increased school funding, created a new pre-K program and expanded school choice.
Pence previously spoke in the Greenville area in May 2022, when he spoke at the Carolina Pregnancy Center. The event on March 2 will model a fireside chat, an informal speech popularized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Pence’s speech comes one month after a speech at BJU by Asa Hutchinson, former governor of Arkansas. Both men are considering a presidential bid for the 2024 election.
Tickets for the free event are required and may be found here.