BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo officials announced
today that they paid $275,000, directed to the Clinton Foundation,
for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s
speaking engagement as part of their 2013-2014 Distinguished
No state funding or student tuition revenue is used to fund the
Distinguished Speakers Series and the fees of guest speakers,
including that of Secretary Clinton, university officials
said. The speaking fee and all other appearance costs are
financed entirely through ticket sales, sponsorships and endowments
established specifically to support the university’s
Distinguished Speakers Series.
The contract with the Harry Walker Agency for the speaking
engagement was released by the university after it conducted a
review of its records in response to public information requests
made this month by members of the media and the public.
In 2013-14, more than 29,000 people attended the Distinguished
Speakers Series, which featured seven renowned speakers.
About 6,500 community members and students attended Secretary
Clinton’s speech in UB’s Alumni Arena. The series
generated $550,000 in ticket sales which -- with sponsorships and
endowments established specifically to support the
university’s speakers series totaling $350,000 -- covered all
speaking fees and all costs for the speakers series.
In its 28th year at the university, UB’s Distinguished
Speakers Series has a long tradition of bringing to the campus and
community a wide range of public figures and leaders in the arts,
culture, society and global politics to foster dialogue and debate
about the issues of the day.
For more information about the series, go to www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/special/aboutseries.