Washington Post Columnist, Former Bush Speechwriter Named 2016 Andrews Fellow at W&M

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Michael Gerson (William & Mary)
Michael Gerson (William & Mary)

Michael Gerson, a columnist for The Washington Post and a former presidential speechwriter, will visit the College of William & Mary as the 2016 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics.

On April 4 and 5, Gerson will speak with students, faculty and staff on campus.

He writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post and appears regularly on news programs like Face the Nation and PBS NewsHour.

Under the administration of President George W. Bush, Gerson served several roles, including speechwriter and assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning.

Additionally, he is the author of Heroic Conservatism and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era.

“Mike Gerson has spent his career awash in American politics, working in them and writing about them,” W&M President Taylor Reveley said in a statement. “It is marvelous to welcome him to campus as William & Mary’s 2016 Andrews Fellow. We look forward to his words of wisdom gained over the course of an exceptional career. He will speak to us at a very unusual moment in our country’s political evolution.”

The Andrews Fellowship was established in 1998 by friends of former state senator and William & Mary alumnus Hunter Andrews, who died in 2005. He served as a member of the college’s Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2005.

Previous fellows include PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill, former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar and University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato.