Author, WorldCom whistleblower to visit WCU on March 11

Tickets are now available for a public presentation Tuesday, March 11, by whistleblower Cynthia Cooper, the accountant responsible for exposing one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history, who will be at Western Carolina University as part of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series.

Cooper_Cynthia08Cooper, (pictured) named one of Time magazine’s “persons of the year” in 2002 after reporting billions of dollars in questionable accounting practices at communications giant WorldCom, will speak at 7 p.m. on the topic “WorldCom Warnings: What Went Wrong and Corporate Governance Lessons Learned.” She also will meet in an informal discussion setting that afternoon with WCU students.

While on campus, Cooper will sign copies of her hot-off-the-presses book “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower.” The book is available for purchase at the University Bookstore and at the Catamount Clothing and Gift Store, located in A.K. Hinds University Center.

Her visit is sponsored by the university’s Chancellor’s Speaker Series and the College of Business. The Chancellor’s Speaker Series is designed to bring significant national and international leaders to campus to discuss major issues of the day, and to provide Western students with an opportunity to interact with some of the people who shape and influence the world.

Past speakers have included former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, presidential candidate John Edwards, former U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Polish leader Lech Walesa, actor Danny Glover, and Gen. Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Although admission to the March 11 public program is free, tickets are required. To reserve a seat, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at (828) 227-2479. Ticket holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m.