Former President Ronald Reagan has accepted an invitation to speak at Brigham Young University on Feb. 15 in the Marriott Center.
BYU President Rex E. Lee, who served as U.S. solicitor general from 1981 to 1985 in the Reagan administration, invited Reagan to address the university community.The event is primarily for the BYU faculty, staff and students, although a limited number of seats will be available to the general public, BYU spokesman Paul C. Richards said. Because of another event, only the south half of the Marriott Center will be used for Reagan's talk.
Reagan will not be accompanied by his wife, Nancy.
BYU faculty, staff and students may pick up free tickets for the event Feb. 13 at the Marriott ticket office between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. There is a limit of two tickets per person, and university identification will be required. On Feb. 14, the public may pick up tickets during the same hours.
"We're thrilled to have him here, but sorry we can't do more to accommodate a larger crowd," Richards said.
Reagan will fly into the Provo Airport around 1:15 p.m., where he will be met by Provo Mayor Joe Jenkins, who will escort him in a motorcade through the city to BYU. Lee and his wife, Janet, will host a private reception for Reagan before to his talk in the Marriott Center at 2 p.m.
Reagan will speak for about 30 minutes on current events, including the Baltic states, collapse of the Berlin Wall and war in the Persian Gulf.
Reagan's talk may be televised to some campus locations and may be broadcast live on KBYU, Channel 11, and KBYU-FM, 89.1.
Reagan's talk will be followed a question-and-answer session hosted by the Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU. Questions will be drawn from submissions received by the Kennedy Center prior to Reagan's talk. Questions should be written on 3-by-5-inch file cards and include the person's name, address and telephone number. Cards may be dropped off at information booths in the Administration building or in the Wilkinson Center.
While in Utah, Reagan also will speak at Nu Skin's annual meeting in Salt Lake City. He will return to California on Friday afternoon.
Reagan, who left office in 1988 after serving two terms, spoke on behalf of statewide Republican candidates at BYU in 1976 as the former governor of California.
Other presidents and vice presidents who've spoken at BYU over the years include President William Howard Taft in 1909, President Harry Truman in 1952, Vice President Richard Nixon in 1958, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey in 1966, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1972 and Vice Presidential Nelson Rockefeller in 1974.