National Geographic Society president to deliver Grosvenor lecture

Gary Knell
Gary Knell

By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
November 9, 2017

Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will deliver the 18th annual Gilbert M. Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University on Wednesday, November 29.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the J.C. Kellam Building's Reed Parr Room on the 11th floor, followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

The lecture, titled “Generation Geography,” will address the importance of human and physical geography--how people interact with the environment and each other.

Knell, in additional to heading the nonprofit National Geographic Society, serves on the board of National Geographic Partners, the society’s for-profit arm. He has been a member of the society’s board of trustees since 2013, and has also served on the board of governors of the national Geographic Education Foundation since 2003.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education. Both the lecture and center are named for Gilbert M. Grosvenor, a champion of geographic education and a 2004 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For more information, contact the Grosvenor Center at (512) 245-1823.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 181,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.