February 26, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: February 26, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Reuben Mark, chief executive officer of consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive and a member of the Middlebury College class of 1960, will give the 13th annual David K. Smith Lecture at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The talk, titled “The Contribution of the Liberal Arts to Business Leadership,” will take place in Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the public.

Mark joined Colgate, a global company whose products are sold in more than 200 countries, as a trainee in 1963. He became president of Colgate’s Venezuelan division in 1970, president of Colgate-Canada two years later, and vice president of Far East operations in 1974. In 1979, he was appointed group vice president of the company’s United States division. He has been chief executive officer of the company since 1984 and chairman of the board since 1986.

Prior to joining Colgate, Mark earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. He is a strong advocate for improving public education?under his leadership Colgate sponsored the restructuring and rehabilitation of Harlem’s Wadleigh School. Mark is also a member of the board of Catalyst, a women’s leadership organization.

Established in honor of Professor Emeritus of Economics David K. Smith, a member of the Middlebury College economics department from 1950-1988, the annual lecture maintains a focus on applied economics. An undergraduate economics major at Middlebury College, Smith received a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard prior to joining the department of economics at Middlebury, where he served as department chair for 15 years. Smith’s students established the lecture series in honor of his work as a teacher and mentor.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Marie Winner in the economics department of Middlebury College at 802-443-3198.