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Endowments at UVA

James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professorship


The James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professorship at the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs was established in 2007 with an endowment from James R. Schlesinger. Mr. Schlesinger has had a long and distinguished career as an academic, public servant, author, advisor and consultant. He taught economics at the University of Virginia from 1955 to 1963. Mr. Schlesinger has reported directly to three U.S. presidents and served on many commissions and advisory groups. He has received 11 honorary doctorates and numerous awards for distinguished public service. The recipient of this professorship produces significant independent research, participates in Miller Center programs and teaches courses at U.Va.

Ambassador Eric Edelman became the James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center in December 2015. He held this chair through December of 2016. The chair has been vacant from January 2017 to June 2017.

Ambassador Edelman's activities for the fall of 2016 included: participating in the 2016 Stevenson Conference on "What the Next Defense Secretary Needs to Know," taping an episode of American Forum for PBS on national security, and participating in a panel discussion about "Navigating the First Year" with the Brookings Institution regarding Donald Trump's first year in office.

History of Past Recipients and Projects