Secretary Tom Ridge Named Harvard Visiting Fellow for Spring 2009

January 27, 2009

Secretary Tom Ridge will return to his alma mater in April as a visiting fellow at The Institute of Politics, located at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) at Harvard University.

Also named visiting fellows for spring 2009: Elaine Chao, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; David Plouffe, chairman of Obama for America; and Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist.

A decorated Vietnam veteran, former congressman, governor, cabinet secretary and now businessman and statesman, Secretary Ridge is expected to interact with KSG’s political students as well as those from Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s national security fellows program and other campus entities.

“It’s a privilege and thrill to have this opportunity to interact with the next generation of leaders” said Ridge. “I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with students but more importantly, hearing their diverse and much-needed points of view. It will be a fun homecoming.”

During his week with students, Ridge said he hopes to address the importance of such issues as elevating bipartisanship as part of our political processes, strengthening our relationships with our friends and allies around the world, taking greater steps to preserve civil liberties and increasing accountability and responsibility within our government and private sector institutions.

Harvard’s Institute of Politics seeks to encourage student involvement in current events as well as a greater understanding and interest in political and public service careers.

Contact: Michele Nix +1-202-833-2008