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Presidential Advisor and Scholar David Gergen to Talk Leadership with Moritz Students
Gergen will visit Moritz on February 15
February 13, 2007
Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents - for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford.
In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to first serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international adviser to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
He will visit Moritz on February 15 to talk about leadership with Moritz students and their mentors.
Moritz Law is creating a community of leaders who want to maximize their legal education and leadership potential through specialized coursework, unique experiences, and contact with distinguished practitioners, including David Gergen. This year The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will award more than 75 full or partial, three-year scholarships to incoming high achieving J.D. candidates who demonstrate strong leadership potential.
David Gergen currently serves as editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and as a regular television commentator. He served as moderator of World @ Large, a 13-part PBS discussion series for two seasons. He is also a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and is director of its Center for Public Leadership. In the fall of 2000, he published the best-selling book Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.
In the past, he has served in the White House as an adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as counselor to the President and then as special adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. He returned to private life in January 1995.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, he is an honors graduate of Yale University (AB, 1963) and the Harvard Law School (LLB, 1967). He is a member of the District of Columbia bar. In addition, he served for three-and-a-half years in the United States Navy, where he was posted for about two years to a ship home-ported in Japan.
Gergen is active on many non-profit boards and he is chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Innovations in American Government. He frequently lectures here in the United States and overseas and holds 14 honorary degrees.