Husson University Welcomes Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

Date of Release: October 16, 2012

Husson University will welcome two Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows as part of the Council of Independent College’s (CIC) Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. Former Governor John Baldacci will visit campus from October 21 – 24, 2012. Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky is slated to visit campus during the spring semester.

Former Governor Baldacci will focus on talking with students and faculty about the upcoming election and related issues in a non-partisan fashion. As part of his visit, he will give an address on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business. His talk will focus on creating a viable dialogue between the two parties. The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.

Husson President Robert Clark stated, “A key component of our mission as a University is to provide opportunities for students to benefit from the knowledge and experience of leaders such as former Governor Baldacci and former Congresswoman Margolies-Mezvinsky. This will be an enriching experience for our students, faculty, and the greater Husson community, and we are pleased to host these two prestigious fellows on our campus.”

John Elias Baldacci served two four-year terms as Maine’s Governor. Baldacci was first elected to public office in 1978, earning a seat on the Bangor City Council at the age of 23. In 1982, he was elected to the Maine State Senate, where he served for twelve years. Baldacci was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994. He was re-elected to Congress by wide margins in 1996, 1998, and 2000. Baldacci was first elected Governor of the State of Maine in 2002. In his first term as Governor, he won approval for major initiatives including Dirigo Health, the Community College System, and Pine Tree Zones. Baldacci, in his second term, built on the foundation he created in his first four years in office. He increased Maine's competitiveness in the global economy; streamlined government services; attracted good jobs; and ensured that all Mainers have access to quality education, workforce training, and health care. He is currently serving as a senior advisor to Pierce Atwood law firm.

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky chairs Women’s Campaign International, a group that provides grassroots political training to women around the world. She spent 20 years as a journalist with NBC’s stations in New York and Washington, D.C., and was a correspondent to The Today Show, Sunday Today, A Closer Look, CNBC, and Real Life with Jane Pauley. She has won five Emmy awards and numerous other awards. In 1992, Ms. Mezvinsky became the first woman ever elected to Congress from Pennsylvania. In 1995, she led the United States delegation to the United Nations’ Fourth International Women’s Conference in Beijing, China. She has since represented U.S. delegations to India, Spain, Austria, Turkey, and Kazakhstan. Ms. Mezvinsky served as President of the Women’s Campaign Fund and the Women’s Campaign Research Fund from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, she was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. She is currently a fellow at the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of four books, including the 1976 best seller, They Came to Stay.

For more information, please call Amanda Kitchen at 207-649-4647 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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