Ken Barun, chief of staff of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will be the featured speaker at Montreat College’s Commencement exercises at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 in Anderson Auditorium.
Barun joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 2007. He currently serves as the chief of staff reporting to President and CEO Franklin Graham. Previously, he held the position of senior vice president of communications and donor ministries.
Prior to joining the ministry, Barun spent more than 20 years with the McDonald’s Corporation. As corporate senior vice president, he oversaw and led the areas under corporate social responsibility including nutrition. He also held the position of president/CEO and board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities Worldwide. During his tenure at McDonald’s, he helped develop and manage several well known brand initiatives including Ronald McDonald House Charities, McDonald’s World Children’s Day, and McDonald’s Balanced Active Lifestyle Campaign.
In 1982, Barun was asked by President Ronald Reagan to join the White House staff, where he served for three years as a director of projects and policy to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He has served in three presidential administrations, under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Barun holds a degree in sociology from the University of Houston. He and his wife, Sethea, live in Charlotte, North Carolina.