More than 250 attend Forbes' Q&A at McDonough Auditorium

More than 250 students, faculty, staff and community members were treated to a special Q&A session with Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, in Marietta College's Alma McDonough Auditorium on Feb. 20.

Forbes, who campaigned in 1996 and 2000 for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, answered questions about the global economy, flat tax and his lack of interest in running for president again.

"I enjoy being an agitator more," Forbes said.

Forbes also spoke at the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley luncheon earlier in the day, where he received the prestigious Mister Mac Award from Marietta College's McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The award is named after the Mister Mac towboat, the flagship towboat of the Marmac Corp. fleet and it is given in honor of the late Bernard P. McDonough.

"Steve Forbes has made a significant contribution to the development of a global media market, particularly in the area of business. His impressive leadership skills have been particularly evident in the innovative ways he finds to develop new markets in order to disseminate information," said Dr. Gama Perruci, dean of McDonough. "We at McDonough are honored to have him as the recipient of the McDonough Leadership Award."

Past recipients of the Mr. Mac Award include: Ted Turner (Turner Broadcasting), Alex Trotman (Former CEO of the Ford Motor Company), Ambassador James R. Lilley (Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Korea), Story Musgrave '60 (astronaut), and Tami Longaberger (President and CEO of the Longaberger Company).

Since Forbes assumed his position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses. He spoke about a few on Tuesday and they include: ForbesLife (formerly FYI), the irreverent, lifestyle supplement; Forbes Asia; and Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish and Turkish editions of the magazine. Forbes also publishes the Gilder Technology Report, as well as a number of investment newsletters.

In both 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.