Former US Treasury Secretary Summers to Discuss New Global Order

September 17, 2018

Renowned economist Larry Summers will speak at UM on Sept. 24.MISSOULA – Larry Summers, the only U.S. treasury secretary in the past 50 years to leave office with a national budget surplus, will speak Monday, Sept. 24, at the University of Montana.

One of the nation’s leading economists, Summers served as the 71st U.S. secretary of the treasury during the Clinton administration. He will participate in a “fireside chat” at 7:30 p.m. in UM’s Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. He will be joined on stage by UM President Seth Bodnar and Max Baucus, a former U.S. senator from Montana and ambassador to China.

This Summers event is titled “The United States in a New Global Order: An Evening with Larry Summers and Max Baucus.” The event is free and open to the public, and it will livestream at

“It’s exciting to bring someone with the stature of Larry Summers to campus,” Bodnar said. “Campus and the wider community are going to be exposed to some exceptional ideas and someone with an amazing base of knowledge.”

Summers served as director of the White House National Economic Council during the Obama administration, as president of Harvard University and as chief economist of the World Bank.

Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, and he has played a key role in addressing every major financial crisis during the past two decades.

Summers is now the President Emeritus and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he became a full professor at age 28 — one of the youngest in Harvard’s recent history. He directs Harvard’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

Summers also is an adviser to businesses and investors. He serves on the board of  Square and Premise. He chairs the boards of Citizen Schools and the Center for Global Development. He also serves on the board of Teach for America and ONE. He is an adviser to The Hamilton Project, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. In addition, he is a distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and recently co-chaired the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity.


Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311,