Colombia’s Gain is DC’s Loss: Uribe to be “Distinguished Scholar” at Georgetown University

Posted on August 12, 2010


On the bright side, it sure will be fun heckling him.

For immediate release
August 11, 2010
Contact: Rob Mathis

Former President of Colombia Now Georgetown Distinguished Scholar

Washington, D.C. – The former president of Colombia – Álvaro Uribe Vélez – has been named a Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University, where he will teach students at the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

“We are looking forward to having President Uribe join our university community,” said Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. “Having such a distinguished world leader at Georgetown will further the important work of students and faculty engaging important global issues.”

Beginning this fall, President Uribe will conduct seminars and other programmatic activities for students in the School of Foreign Service and the broader university community. He also will collaborate with members of the faculty to help foster conversations on important issues facing the international community.

“President Uribe will bring a truly unique perspective to discussions of global affairs at Georgetown,” said Carol Lancaster, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service. “We are thrilled that he has identified Georgetown as a place where he will share his knowledge and interface with Washington, and I know that our students at the School of Foreign Service will benefit greatly from his presence.”

“It is a great honor to participate in this prestigious Georgetown University program, sharing my experience with younger generations,” said Uribe. “My greatest wish and happiness is to contribute in the continuous emergence of future leaders.”

Uribe was elected as the president of Colombia in August 2002 and reelected for a second term in 2006. He has an extensive career in public service, beginning with his career in his home state of Antioquia, where he served as mayor of Medellín in 1982 and as a member of the city council from 1984 to 1986.

He eventually went on to serve as a senator (1986-1994) and governor (1995-1997) of Antioquia. During his time as governor, Uribe developed a model of community participation in key government decisions in areas such as job creation, education, public procurement and security.

Uribe joins other distinguished Georgetown faculty – including former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar –who help students bridge the policy and academic worlds.

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    * Walsh School of Foreign Service