4/15/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Political consultant and Fox News commentator Ed Rollins will be the keynote speaker at the 31st Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Ashland University. Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center, this event has hosted many political leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Rick Perry, Colin Powell and John Boehner.
The dinner program will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. Tickets for this Ashbrook event are $250 per person. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available for an additional cost. Tables of 10 are available in different price packages and include reception tickets, program recognition and preferred table location.
For more information, reservations, or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Nixon at (419) 289-5411 or order online at www.ashbrook.org.
Rollins has advised and served in the administrations of four United States Presidents. He was the Assistant to the President in charge of the White House Office of Political Affairs and the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs during the Reagan administration.
In 1984, he managed President Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign, winning 49 of 50 states. He was the first non-member of Congress to serve as the Co-Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Chief Political Advisor to the House Republican Leadership. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee for four years.
Within the United States, Rollins has managed every type of political, corporate and advertising campaign imaginable, from the most successful presidential campaign in history to the defeat of the first sitting House Speaker (Tom Foley, 1994). During the more than four decades Rollins has been in politics, he has counseled Cabinet officers, U.S. Senators, governors, members of Congress, state legislators and city officials. In addition to managing President Reagan’s campaign, Rollins has had major roles in nine other Presidential campaigns including serving as Chairman of the Presidential campaigns of Jack Kemp in 1988 and Mike Huckabee in 2012. He also has had involvement in hundreds of campaigns at the state, congressional and local level. Prior to his Washington service, Rollins was the Republican Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Speaker of the California Assembly.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Political Consultants Hall of Fame.
In the corporate world, Rollins is an internationally renowned public and corporate relations strategist and well-known political commentator.
Rollins serves as a senior advisor at Teneo and a senior presidential fellow at Hofstra University’s Center for the Study of the American Presidency in New York, and works for Fox News as a senior political analyst. He has appeared regularly on television for over 30 years on shows such as Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation, Nightline, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Hardball, Crossfire, Larry King Live, CNN News Makers, and many other talk shows. His memoir, Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms, was the number-one selling political book in America in 1996 and made the top of the New York Times best-seller list and every other best seller list.
He is a graduate of California State University, Chico, where he was a varsity athlete, student body president and a nationally top ranked amateur boxer compiling a record of 164 wins and 2 losses. He earned his BA in political science and physical education and was the varsity boxing coach of the team that won the National College Boxing Championship. He did graduate work at Washington University in Saint Louis where he was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and taught Political Science. In recognition of his professional accomplishments and political acumen, the Board of Trustees of the California State University conferred in 2012 an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Rollins also was the recipient in 2010 of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Rollins is married to Shari Lois Scharfer, a former CBS television executive, whom he married in 2003. He has an adopted daughter, Lily, from his previous marriage to Sherrie Rollins Westin. Rollins lives in New York, where he also has served as political commentator for CNN.
The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center is the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States. ###