Landon Lecture to feature ESPN President John Skipper and Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby


Wednesday night’s Landon Lecture will deviate from the traditional podium lecture and will include a more interactive format for attendees to enjoy.

“Instead of a standard lecture behind a podium, they thought it would be a good idea to have a forum,” Shelly Broccolo, event coordinator for the K-State President’s office, said.

The lecture, which will take place in a more question-answer format, is scheduled to feature ESPN President John Skipper, Big 12 conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby, former K-State athletic director DeLoss Dodds and K-State president Kirk Schulz, who also serves on the NCAA Executive Committee. Current K-State athletic director John Currie will also serve as a facilitator for the event.

Jackie Hartman, chief of staff and director of community relations for the President’s office, said the question and answer format will be good because it will offer more variety to audience members.

“You get more information from a variety of perspectives when you add multiple people to the podium,” Hartman said.

Broccolo said the 10 predetermined questions will be related to sports. A question will be posed, followed by approximately five minutes of answer and discussion.

Hartman said ESPN’s impact on mass media will also be discussed.

“We’re going to talk about how ESPN has affected media and how media has affected public affairs,” Hartman said. “ESPN has definitely changed media since its inception.”

The event is scheduled to take place in McCain Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.