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Freedoms Foundation elects Dr. Smith to board of directors

William O. Perry of Salt Lake City, Utah, chair of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Board of Directors, has announced that Dr. Rogers M. Smith has been elected to the Freedoms Foundation National Board of Directors.

The local chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is Mary Ball Washington, which serves Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland high schools. Juniors are selected from each school to attend the annual Youth Leadership Conference held at Valley Forge each spring.

Dr. Smith is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught American constitutional law and American political thought since 2001. Previously, for 21 years, he was a professor of political science at Yale University where he was awarded a Yale College Distinguished Teaching Prize and served as the Alfred Cowles Professor of Government.

Dr. Smith graduated with a BA in political science from James Madison College, Michigan State University. He did graduate work at Harvard University, completing his MA in 1978 and his PhD degree in political science in 1980.

Dr. Smith currently chairs the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism established with a $2.5 million gift from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. He was vice president of the American Political Science Association in 2008-2009, president of the Politics and History section of American Political Science Association in 2001-2002 and served on the American Political Science Association Council in 2005 and 2006. In addition, he has supervised 34 doctoral dissertations, six of which have won “best dissertation” prizes from the American Political Science Association.

The Freedoms Foundation was founded 63 years ago to encourage U.S. citizens to become informed and active participants in the political and economic life of our nation. Today, Freedoms Foundation has 27 volunteer chapters, located throughout the country, with more than 3,000 volunteers supporting the national awards and civics education programs—for children, youth, and educators—conducted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. 

posted 10.17.2012

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