EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) - The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at the University of Evansville is proud to announce Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, as the first speaker in its 2008 International Speaker Series.

Fox, the Mexican president from 2000-2006, will come to Indiana for a two-city event on April 10. His keynote address will begin at 7 p.m. in the Victory Theatre in Evansville; he also will speak to University of Evansville students at 4 p.m. in the Smythe Lecture Hall of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, and will be available to media in the same location at 4:45 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Fox also will speak at an Institute event in Indianapolis.

"We are honored that President Fox has chosen to join us in creating this very special, two-city event," said Robert Clark, dean of UE's Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. "Obviously, we are excited to have such a major player on the world stage come to Indiana and bring his unique perspective on the global community to the Indianapolis and Evansville communities."

Tickets for the Victory Theatre event are free, and will be made available to the public March 15. For more ticket information, please contact the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at 812-488-2455 or globalindiana@evansville.edu.

Fox was elected President of Mexico in 2000, ending the 71-year rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. While in office, he focused his many of his early efforts on improving trade relations with the US, calming civil unrest, and reducing corruption, crime and drug trafficking. Early in his term, Fox made significant progress toward bilateral cooperation with the United States on drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Interest in the United States stemmed from Fox's younger years, several of which he spent in this country. He was born in 1942 in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and spent his youth in Mexico before coming to the United States and attending Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisc. He began his college career at Harvard before finishing his degree in Mexico.

The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana was established in December 2003 as the result of a $15 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. Since its inception, the Institute has served as a focal point for making Indiana a hub of global business via research, education, training and networking, and has developed and delivered programs ranging from workshops dealing with global issues to organizing a regional trade mission to Asia.