Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland to lead course at UGA School of Law


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Writer: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu Contact: Rebecca H. White, 706/542-7140, rhwhite@uga.edu

Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland to lead course at UGA School of Law

ATHENS, Ga. – Next month, former U.S. Senator J. Maxwell (Max) Cleland will teach a Law and Politics course at the University of Georgia School of Law. The two-week law class will cover both domestic issues and international affairs. While on campus, Cleland will be known as the Carl Sanders Scholar, a position named for Georgia’s 74th governor and a Georgia Law alumnus.

School of Law Dean Rebecca H. White said she is delighted the senator accepted the offer to teach at the law school. “It is a privilege for our students to learn from someone who has had such a distinguished career in public service.”

Currently a member of the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ Board of Directors, Cleland is a long-time public servant at both the state and national levels. In addition to serving as a U.S. Senator (1997-2003), he was Georgia’s secretary of state (1982-1996); administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration (1977-81), now the Department of Veterans Affairs; a professional Senate staff member (1975-1977); a consultant to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (1975) and a Georgia state senator (1971-1975). He also served in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain in 1968, and was awarded the Bronze Star and a Silver Star for gallantry in action.

Not a stranger to academe, Cleland has been an adjunct professor in American University’s Washington Semester Program and a fellow at American’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

He earned his master’s degree in American History from Emory University and his undergraduate degree from Stetson University. Both institutions have also presented him with honorary doctorates.