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Burlington Northern CEO to speak at ACU Tuesday

For immediate release
Nov. 3, 2003

Matthew K. Rose, chairman, president and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, will speak at Abilene Christian University Tuesday as a part of the College of Business Administration’s 2003-04 Distinguished Speakers Series. Rose will speak at a luncheon at noon in ACU’s McGlothlin Campus Center.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is designed to bring Christian business leaders to Abilene and to ACU to share their keys to success and how they have integrated Christian faith into their work.

Each lecture is open to the general public. Cost is $15 per lecture, and the price of the ticket includes lunch. Anyone interested may register at or by calling 325-674-2857. All lectures take place at noon in ACU’s McGlothlin Campus Center.

“We are so pleased to present such a strong lineup of talented, seasoned business professionals – each bringing a unique and impressive set of credentials and a moral compass to our program,” said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration. “This series will be educational and inspirational, providing marvelous professional growth and development opportunities.”

Rose is the third speaker in this year’s series. He holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Missouri and began his railroad career in 1981 as a corporate management trainee with Missouri Pacific Railroad and was apointed an assistant trainmaster.  Before joining Burlington Northern in 1993, Rose was vice president of transportation for Triple Crown Services, a Norfolk Southern subsidiary.  At Burlington Northern, he was made president and COO in 1999, CEO in 2000 and chairman in 2002.  Rose is a member of the Governor’s Business Council and a national trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. 

Other speakers and dates for the 2003-04 series include

·Nov. 12 – Mike Osburn, chief financial officer of Travelocity

·Jan. 22 – Michael Cardone Jr., president and CEO of CARDONE Industries

·Feb. 5 – John D. Copeland, professor of business at John Brown University and former vice president of ethics for Tyson Foods, Inc.

·March 24 – Byron D. Norfleet, president of Naturalizer Brown Shoe Company, Inc.



If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, media relations coordinator.

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