Australian Ambassador to Deliver Third Annual Cherry-Price Lecture

The Honourable Joe Hockey, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, will deliver the third annual Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, on the Westminster College campus.

Mr. Hockey’s presentation is titled “Free Trade and Leadership in a Rapidly Evolving World.”

A reception specifically designed for students and VIPs to converse with Mr. Hockey will take place prior to the presentation at 4:30 p.m. in the Anson Cutts Gallery of America’s National Churchill Museum. A long-time member of the Australian Parliament, Mr. Hockey took up his post as Ambassador in Washington, D.C., in January 2016. His ambassadorship follows a distinguished career in public service: Mr. Hockey first entered the Australian Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than 17 years on the front bench.

Mr. Hockey also served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios, including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.  In 2013, Mr. Hockey was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth and was responsible for all economic policy, including fiscal policy. He served as Chair of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2014 and as a member of the leadership troika in 2015.

As Treasurer, Mr. Hockey was a regular delegate to International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings. Previously, he served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm.

Mr. Hockey graduated from the University of Sydney with bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Law. He is married to Ms. Melissa Babbage, a company director and former investment banker. They have three young children: Xavier, Adelaide and Ignatius.

About the Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture

The Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture was established in 2017 and is made possible through the generosity of distinguished alumni Howard Cherry, ’65 ΒΘΠ, of Wellington, FL, and Rob Price, ’65 ΒΘΠ, of Lake Charles, LA. The lecture — which is a key component of Westminster’s Price Leadership Program  — shines the spotlight on the character traits of successful leaders of our time. The Cherry-Price Leadership Lecture reinforces Westminster’s mission to educate and inspire young leaders to change the world.

Past Cherry-Price lecturers include Arnold Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, and ­Retired Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding, formerly the highest-ranking attorney for the U.S. Air Force.

Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a small, premiere, private liberal arts college nestled in the hills of central Missouri. The College focuses on helping all students find their unique purpose while educating and inspiring them to become young leaders who change the world. To learn more about Westminster College, visit our website here.


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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.