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Wesley College Announces Spring 2012 Commencement Speaker


James A. Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities has been selected to speak at the Wesley College spring commencement on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. 

Leach spent 30 years as a representative in Congress for the state of Iowa, worked in the Foreign Legion, was a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University as well as Interim Director of the Institute of Politics and Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Leach attended Princeton, the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins, and the London School of Economics. He holds eleven honorary degrees, numerous awards including two decorations from foreign governments.  His background includes both public companies and non-profit organizations and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former trustee of Princeton University.

Leach will lead the new Wesley graduates off with a few words of insight, experience, and guidance accumulated throughout his own career, to help inspire the young graduates on their own path to personal success.

Spring commencement will be held at Wesley College in the Charles R. Dashiell Jr. Amphitheatre. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Central Middle School to accommodate graduates and their families.

Wesley College, a fully accredited college with undergraduate and graduate programs, seeks to be among the finest student-centered learning communities in the liberal arts tradition. For more information about Wesley College, visit www.wesley.edu.