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Former U.S. Senator Named 2014 Andrews Fellow at W&M

william and maryThe College of William & Mary named former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar the 2014 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American politics.

Lugar will be on campus to speak with members of the campus community March 18 and 19.

The college announced Tuesday that Lugar had been awarded the fellowship, which was created in 1998 by friends of the former Virginia senator and W&M alumnus after whom the award is named. The program brings notable speakers to campus every year to talk with students, faculty and staff.

“Dick Lugar has devoted his life to our country,” W&M President Taylor Reveley said. “He will be an extraordinarily worthy Hunter Andrews Fellow.”

Lugar represented Indiana in the Senate for six terms, making him the longest serving member of Congress in the state’s history. During his career, he served as a member and chairman of the foreign relations committee and a member and chairman of the agriculture, nutrition and forestry committee.

Lugar also served two of three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations as vice chairman.

After departing from the Senate in January last year, Lugar began heading a nonprofit focused on nuclear non-proliferation, food security and other policies called Lugar Center. He also heads the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis and was named a professor of practice and distinguished scholar at Indiana University.

President Barack Obama gave Lugar the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation.

“And in a time of unrelenting partisanship, Dick Lugar’s decency, his commitment to bipartisan problem-solving, stand as a model of what public service ought to be,” Obama said in bestowing the medal.

Lugar was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his work with former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn on a program aimed at destroying weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union called the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

He is a Navy veteran who served as the mayor of Indianapolis for two terms while also serving as the president of the National League of cities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Ohio and his master’s degree from Pembroke College at Oxford University.

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