Graduate Returns as Founding Director of New Institute

Mike Ford will draw on 37-Year Career | October 27, 2008

Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. and Academic Vice President and Provost Roger A. Fortin announce the creation of the Institute for Politics and Public Life at Xavier University and the appointment of Michael F. Ford as its founding director.

Michael F. Ford has a 37-year career in politics, government and business at all levels of American public life. He has held senior staff and senior advisory positions in nine presidential campaigns. He has an MA in government from Georgetown University, was a graduate fellow at the Pennsylvania State University School of Public Administration and received his AB from Xavier University in 1970.

The mission of the nonpartisan Institute for Politics and Public Life is to produce extraordinary citizens animated by an informed understanding of our global community, evolving technology and a clear vision of civic duty. In addition, it will provide Xavier students with the knowledge and leadership tools to contribute to all levels of public life.

The Institute will further act as a place to research crucial matters of public policy and governance and disseminate findings to the public. It is being created as a "home" for the kind of activities that blend together coursework and outside activities such as internships, survey research and advanced study on the role of the Internet.

At his Academic Day address to the Xavier community and the public on Tuesday, Graham stressed the importance of engaging in our communities to improve the human condition for all. The Institute for Politics & Public Life at Xavier University will provide Xavier's students the ability and understanding to gather information and skills they will need to do this vital work.

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