Former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) has been named the 2014 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics at the College of William & Mary. Lugar will be on campus March 18-19 to meet with students, faculty and staff.
The fellowship was created in 1998 by friends of the former state senator and William & Mary alumnus who died in 2005. He served on the William & Mary Board of Visitors from 2003-2005.
“Dick Lugar has devoted his life to our country,” said President Taylor Reveley. “He will be an extraordinarily worthy Hunter Andrews Fellow.”
Lugar, the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, represented the state in the Senate for six terms. In the course of that career, he served as chairman and ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee as well as a member and former chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He also served three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, including two terms as the vice-chair.
Since his departure from the Senate in January 2013, Lugar has headed the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security and other policy issues. He also leads the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis and was named a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.
Lugar received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in November 2013. In bestowing the honor President Barack Obama said, “And in a time of unrelenting partisanship, Dick Lugar’s decency, his commitment to bipartisan problem-solving, stand as a model of what public service ought to be.” Lugar also received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2000, along with former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) for the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program -- a program to destroy weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union.
Prior to Lugar's service in the Senate, the Navy veteran was a two-term mayor of Indianapolis. During that time, he served as president of the National League of Cities.
Lugar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University. He then attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received a Master of Arts.
The Andrews Fellowship program brings notable journalists, politicians and scholars to campus each year to talk with students, faculty and staff. Previous fellows have included, Washington Post columnist David Broder; Tom Foley (D-Wash.), 49th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-Ga.); journalist, author and Supreme Court scholar Linda Greenhouse; former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) and former Governor Gerald Baliles (D-Va.). The 2013 fellow was political scholar and analyst Larry Sabato.