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Barbara Laskin

Macalester College announced the members of the Global Advisory
Board of its Institute for Global Citizenship

St. Paul, Minn. - March 6 -- Macalester College today announced the members of the Global Advisory Board of its Institute for Global Citizenship. The board, which had its inaugural meeting today on campus, includes distinguished diplomats, businessmen, scholars and policy makers.

The board will provide overall support for the Institute, which was created in 2006 as a place to educate global citizens and leaders. President Brian Rosenberg said that through the Institute the college hopes to enhance its historic commitment to internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement and provide “an even more compelling, innovative and intellectually powerful education.”

Rosenberg called the members of the Advisory Board “outstanding citizen leaders in their respective fields and an inspiration to our students, staff, faculty and alumni. We hope that through the Institute we can educate students for leadership positions at the local, national and international level. The board members’ ideas and energy will be invaluable in that effort.”

Macalester is among the first colleges to seek LEED platinum certification for a new building:  the home for the Institute for Global Citizenship.  Groundbreaking is expected in May.

The Advisory Board includes:

Kofi A. Annan, Macalester Class of 1961, who was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He also served as Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. Annan and the U.N. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He is currently trying to negotiate a peace accord between warring factions in Kenya. He lives in New York City.

Lloyd Axworthy, president of the University of Winnipeg and former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Axworthy became a strong advocate of Canada's tradition of multilateralism. In 2003, Axworthy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest honors for lifetime achievement. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

Julian Bond, the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). From his student days to now, Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights and economic justice. As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, a veteran of more than 20 years service in the Georgia General Assembly, a university professor and a writer, Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since 1960. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Harry C. Boyte, director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Boyte has been an architect of the center's "public work" approach to civic engagement and democracy promotion, a conceptual framework on citizenship that has gained world-wide recognition for its theoretical innovations and its practical effectiveness. Boyte is the author of a number of books and his articles have appeared in 70 publications. He lives in Minneapolis.

Lord Daniel Brennan, QC, chair of the Caux International Roundtable and former chair of the Bar of England and Wales, the organization that represents 10,000 barristers. In 2000 he was voted Barrister of the Year. The Queen, on the recommendation of the United Kingdom Government, appointed him a life peer and member of the House of Lords. He lives in London.

Arne Carlson, governor of Minnesota from 1991-1998. Before that he was the state auditor and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and a former Minneapolis City Councilman. In 1992, he received the Children's Champion Award from the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund, and he was the only American official to be honored by the Audubon Society for his leadership in water quality issues. He lives in Minneapolis.

John Cowles, Jr., retired CEO of Cowles Media, which formerly owned the Star Tribune until it was sold in 1998. Cowles has been on the boards of the Associated Press and the Pulitzer Prizes. He was instrumental in helping to build the original Guthrie Theater and the Metrodome Stadium. He is a long-time Twin Cities philanthropist. He lives in Minneapolis.

 Francis M. Deng, director for the Center for Displacement Studies at John Hopkins University. He also co-founded the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement. He served for 12 years as the U.N. Secretary-General’s representative on internally displaced persons. He has been an ambassador from his native Sudan to Canada, the Scandinavian countries and the United States. Deng is also a distinguished scholar and the author or editor of more than 20 books and numerous articles on displacement, conflict management and identity.

Philip O. Geier,  executive director of the Davis United World College Scholars Program and formerly president of the United World College-USA in New Mexico following 20 years in teaching and educational administration. The recipient of two Fulbright awards, he has served as president of the board of the Fulbright Association, Washington D.C., and currently serves on the board of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Middlebury, Vt.

George Latimer, mayor of St. Paul from 1976 to 1990. He has been a visiting professor in urban studies at Macalester for the past 11 years. He was dean of the Hamline University Law School. He served as a special adviser to then Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros from 1993 to 1995. From 1996 to 1998, Latimer was CEO of the National Equity Fund, which manages approximately $2.5 billion, 27,000 housing units in 35 cities, and provides affordable housing for working people through use of the Low Income Tax Credit. He lives in St. Paul.

Thomas Lovejoy, president of The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment since May 2002. Before that, he was the World Bank’s chief biodiversity advisor and lead specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean and senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation. Lovejoy has been assistant secretary and counselor to the secretary at the Smithsonian Institution and science advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Walter F. Mondale, Macalester Class of 1950, former vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter. He was a key participant in the delicate negotiations between Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978. He was U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996. Mondale was a U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1964 to 1976. He is currently a partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He lives in Minneapolis.

Carleen Rhodes, President of the St. Paul Foundation since 2003.  Previously, she was president of the Minnesota Children's Museum. She is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Council on Foundation’s Leadership Team and the Minnesota Council on Foundations board of directors. She lives in St. Paul.

Eugene Sit, founder of Sit Investment Associates (SIA). He is currently the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Sit Investment Associates and its various investment companies including Sit/Kim International and the Sit Mutual Group.  Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer for American Express/IDS Advisory.  He is active in the investment industry and in community affairs, and he currently serves as a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Minnesota Carlson School's International Programs, the Dean’s Board of Visitors for the University of Minnesota Medical School and on the Honorary Council of the Minnesota Historical Society.  He lives in Minneapolis.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,873 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.