James Leach Speaks at Spring Commencement

Dec 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Event

James A. Leach, chair­man of the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties, was the guest speak­er at the Wes­ley Col­lege spring com­mence­ment on May 5.

Leach spent 30 years as a U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Con­gress for the state of Iowa. He also worked in the For­eign Legion, and served as a pro­fes­sor at the Woodrow Wil­son School at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty as well as inter­im direc­tor of the Insti­tute of Pol­i­tics and lec­tur­er at the John F. Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty. His back­ground includes both pub­lic com­pa­nies and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions.

Leach attend­ed Prince­ton, the School of Advanced Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies of Johns Hop­kins, and the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics. He holds 11 hon­orary degrees, and has numer­ous awards, includ­ing two dec­o­ra­tions from for­eign gov­ern­ments. He is also a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Sci­ences, the Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions and a for­mer trustee of Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty.

His speech pro­vid­ed insight, expe­ri­ence and guid­ance accu­mu­lat­ed through­out his own career, to help inspire the young grad­u­ates on their own path to per­son­al suc­cess.

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