Pro­fes­sor Ford

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­mer Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. has been ap­pointed visit­ing pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­icy at Van­der­bilt Univer­sity in Nashville, Tenn., and will teach a class on Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

Mr. Ford, who spent a decade in Congress be­fore run­ning un­suc­cess­fully for a Se­nate seat last year, will lead a sem­i­nar ti­tled “Foun­da­tions of Amer­i­can Po­lit­i­cal Lead­er­ship” for un­der­grad­u­ates dur­ing the spring se­mes­ter, which be­gan last week.

Mr. Ford, who earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in U.S. his­tory from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and a law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, served five terms in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. He was a mem­ber of the Blue Dog Coali­tion, a group of cen­trist and fis­cally con­ser­va­tive Democrats.

“Van­der­bilt is a world-class univer­sity, and I am ex­cited and hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to teach at this won­der­ful place,” Mr. Ford said. “Now, more than ever, stu­dents need to be en­gaged in de­cid­ing the di­rec­tion of the coun­try. I hope the stu­dents who take my class will come away from the ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­stand­ing the vi­tal role they play in de­cid­ing the kind of lead­er­ship that leads the na­tion.”

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