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Presidential economic advisor, SEC accountant to speak at U. of I.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A presidential economic advisor and the chief accountant for the U.S. Securities an Exchange Commission will present lectures next month on the University of Illinois campus.

Charles P. Blahous, deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in room 141 of Wohlers Hall.

Conrad W. Hewitt, a U. of I. graduate who has been chief accountant for the SEC since 2006, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10, also in room 141 of Wohlers, at the corner of Sixth and Gregory streets.

Blahous, author of a book on Social Security reform, will present a lecture entitled “Supporting an Aging Society: The Flight from Responsibility,” sponsored by the university’s Center for Business and Public Policy.

He joined the National Economic Council in 2001 as a special assistant focusing on Social Security. In 2000, he published a book entitled “Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity.” He now advises the president on policy matters involving various sectors of the nation’s economy.

Hewitt’s speech, sponsored by the College of Business, is entitled “What is the Future of Accounting and Auditing?” He is the principal advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing matters, and also formulates and administers the commission’s accounting programs and policies.

Before joining the SEC, he spent more than two decades as leader of Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest accounting firms. Hewitt earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the U. of I.

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(Press release courtesy of the ILLINOIS News Bureau)

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