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FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Presents Consumer Advocate Anne Brown

            JUPITER, FL (October 13, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College presents consumer advocate Ann Brown on Friday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in the AD Auditorium, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.  Brown is the past chairman of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent federal regulatory agency whose primary mission is to ensure that consumer products are safe to use and will not cause injuries or death.

            Brown was a consumer advocate for 20 years before she was sworn in as chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on March 10, 1994. She was nominated by President Clinton, confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a commissioner and served as the seventh chairman of the CPSC until November 2001. 

            As chairman, Brown's goal was to keep families - and especially children - safe. She frequently cited the equal responsibility of consumers, industry and the CPSC in promoting safety.  Brown’s actions on behalf of children have earned widespread recognition, including the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Excellence in Public Service Award in 2000, and the National Safe Kids Campaign’s Champion of Safe Kids Award.

            This presentation is part of the Wilkes Honors College Named Scholar Recognition Ceremony.  The 2008-2009 Wilkes Honors College Named Scholars will be present at this event and will receive certificates of recognition. 

            The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 561-799-8105.


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for academically superior undergraduates.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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