Office of Public Programs and Events
Former Presidential Adviser David Gergen to Speak at UNH Commencement
By Michelle Gregoire
DURHAM, N.H. -- Presidential adviser and political commentator David
Gergen will deliver the keynote address at the May 20 commencement ceremony
at the University of New Hampshire. The ceremony, honoring some 2,400
graduates, will begin at 10 a.m. at Cowell Stadium, rain or shine.
Gergen will be presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Joining him as distinguished guests will be Dennis Kozlowski, chair and CEO of Tyco International, and Barbara Bonney, one of the world's most accomplished lyric sopranos and a UNH alumna.
Gergen has served in the White House as adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. In the Clinton administration, Gergen served as counselor to the president, and then as special adviser to the president and secretary of state. He returned to private life in January 1995.
He is presently editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and appears regularly on the PBS program News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Gergen also is a member of the faculty at Harvard University, where he is professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to teaching at Harvard, he taught at Duke University.
Gergen's work in journalism, from 1984 to 1993, includes the editorship of U.S. News. Working with the owner and editor-in-chief, Mortimer Zuckerman, Gergen helped guide the magazine to record gains in circulation and advertising. During that period, he also teamed with Mark Shields for political commentary on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.
A native of Durham, N.C., he is an honors graduate of both Yale University (A.B., 1963) and Harvard Law School (L.L.B., 1967), and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He served three and a half years in the U.S. Navy, posted in Japan.
Gergen presently serves on the Yale Corporation and is chair of the national selection committee for the Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government program. He lectures in the U.S. and abroad and holds five honorary degrees.
April 24, 2000