Professor Biden to Lead Diplomacy Center at UPenn

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will lead a new center focused on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security for the University of Pennsylvania, announced UPenn President Amy Gutmann.

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement will be in Washington, D.C., but Biden will have an office in Philadelphia on the UPenn campus, too.

“Joe Biden is one of the greatest statesmen of our times,” said Gutmann. “In his distinguished career of service to our nation, he has demonstrated a unique capacity to bring people together across divides and to craft constructive responses to some of the toughest and most important policy challenges of our day.

“His unsurpassed understanding of diplomacy and far-ranging grasp of world issues make him an ideal fit to further Penn’s global engagement,” she said, calling UPenn as “a global agenda setter in higher education.”

Biden  will be the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ He will hold  joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences and UPenn’s Wharton School.

“At Penn, I look forward to building on the work that has been a central pillar of my career in public office: promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong,” said Vice President Biden in a UPenn press release. “The Penn Biden Center and I will be engaging with Penn’s wonderful students while partnering with its eminent faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and impact the national debate about how America can continue to lead in the 21st Century.”

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