IRVINE, Calif. (August 3, 2009) – Brandman University, a separate, fully accredited university within the Chapman University system focusing on working students, has extended an invitation to California’s leading Republican gubernatorial candidates − Tom Campbell, Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman − to participate in a statewide debate at its Irvine campus this fall.
“Brandman University extended the invitation to the leading Republican gubernatorial candidates because it is important that California voters have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates as to how they propose to address the state’s fiscal crisis,” said Dr. Michael A. Moodian, assistant professor of social science at Brandman University’s School of Arts & Sciences. “The debate will be a prime opportunity for the southern California business community to take an active role in determining the future of the state’s politics.”
The proposed 75-minute debate will be co-moderated by Moodian and a second moderator who will be announced at a later date.
The suggested program “Solutions to the California Financial Crisis” will feature each candidate answering questions, half of which will be developed by the moderators and the other half submitted by California citizens via email and Twitter prior to the event. Each candidate will be given two minutes to answer a question followed by a two minute response by each of the other candidates. The order of questioning per candidate will be chosen randomly and give all participants an equal amount of speaking time.
Dates that have been proposed for the debate are October 20, November 3 and December 8, 2009. Major candidates who enter the race in the coming months will also be extended invitations to participate. A similar event for the Democratic Party hopefuls is being planned for later this year.
These gubernatorial debates are a part of Brandman University’s new ForeSight conference series, designed to encourage debate and inspire action to improve the communities in which we live.
About Chapman University
Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and is home to over 4,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students at its home campus in Orange, California.
About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu