Endowed Chairs

 

Paul Coverdell Endowed Chair

An affiliation between Paul D. Coverdell and GC began in the latter half of 1990 when former GC president, Dr. Edwin G. Speir, signed an agreement to begin the Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program at Georgia College. Coverdell later signed a gift agreement at Georgia College & State University in the fall of 1996, donating his Peace Corps papers to Ina Dillard Russell Library.

The establishment of the Paul D. Coverdell Endowed Chair was announced by President Dorothy Leland in her Convocation Address in September 2008. January 2009 saw the position occupied for the first time. 

The Chair has been charged with the responsibility of  being the focal point for the university’s multifaceted initiatives in public policy studies and bringing faculty and students from various disciplines together in analyzing the various dimensions of major public problems. The Coverdell Chair works closely with the University President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Advancement to create and sustain initiatives and programs that embody the values and high standards for which Senator Coverdell tirelessly strove.

Paul D. Coverdell was born on January 20, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa. He received a BS in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1961. He was awarded two honorary degrees: a Doctor of Law from Mercer University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Piedmont College. He was married to Nancy Nally Coverdell of Georgia.

Soon after finishing college, Coverdell began service in the Army in 1962 as a Captain in Okinawa, Taiwan and Korea. After his military service, Coverdell moved to Atlanta in 1964 and worked with his father in the founding of Coverdell & Co. Inc., an insurance marketing business. Paul Coverdell was named company president in 1965 and would later become CEO of the family business.

After an unsuccessful attempt at the Georgia Senate in 1968, Coverdell ran again in 1970, winning a Republican seat in the Georgia State Senate. As a Georgia State Senator, Coverdell began serving as Senate Minority Leader in 1974, a position he held until his resignation from the Georgia Senate in 1989. As a State Senator, Coverdell was concerned about education, drug abuse and juvenile detention services. During his tenure, he lobbied for pension reform, supported DUI legislation and worked to raise Georgia's legal drinking age.

In January 1989 Paul Coverdell was nominated by President George Bush to serve as Director of the Peace Corps, due in part to his lifelong commitment to humanitarian efforts in the state of Georgia. President Bush swore Coverdell into office in an Oval Office ceremony on May 2, 1989. That same year Coverdell stepped down as president of Coverdell and Co. Inc, in order to devote all of his energy to his service at the Peace Corps.

While Paul Coverdell served as director of the Peace Corps, the world saw great political change that affected the agency's efforts. Chinese students protested the Communist government in Tienanmen Square just as Coverdell became Peace Corps Director in 1989. The Tienanmen Square Massacre effectively postponed the Peace Corps' hard won agreement to send volunteers to China with the China One program. The Cold War came to an end in 1989 with the reunification of Germany and the fall of Communism, a revolution that allowed the Peace Corps to enter countries that had not previously welcomed the assistance of Western governments. The Persian Gulf War began in the summer of 1990, with the United States sending over 400,000 troops from late 1990 through early 1991 and affecting volunteers serving in Muslim countries.

As director, Coverdell initiated a program called World Wise Schools, which links students in the United States with Peace Corps volunteers serving around the world. During the time Coverdell was in office, the World Wise Schools program connected volunteers with 5,000 classrooms in the United States. The program continues to grow with volunteers working with more than 7,000 teachers across the United States.

In September 1991, Coverdell resigned as director of the Peace Corps to pursue a Republican seat in the United States Senate. President Bush showed his support for Coverdell and Barbara Bush campaigned for him during the senate race. He successfully won the seat in 1992 in a runoff election against Democrat Wyche Fowler. Coverdell was re-elected to his senate seat in 1998, defeating Democrat Michael Coles.

Coverdell was known by his peers in the US Senate for being a hardworking, intelligent and devoted Senator. As a United States Senator, Coverdell supported the war against drugs and violence and worked to ensure a good education for all children. He sponsored efforts to allow parents to create special tax fee savings accounts for their children's educational future. As Chairman of the Agriculture subcommittee on Marketing, Inspection and Product Promotion, Coverdell promoted Georgia's agriculture and worked to ensure food safety. Coverdell also served on the Small Business Committee working to create a fairer tax code. Coverdell supported volunteerism throughout his career. In June 1997 President Clinton signed into law Coverdell's Volunteer Protection Act, a law that protects volunteers, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities from lawsuits when they are involved in charitable and non-profit activities. Coverdell also worked hard to combat problems concerning drugs in the state of Georgia and worked to impose stiffer penalties for drug smugglers and dealers. Coverdell served on the subcommittee for Foreign Relations and has worked in Georgia to initiate Operation Drug-Free Georgia.

Coverdell served as secretary to the Senate Republican Conference and was in line to become chairman of that committee at the end of 2000. He was also named chairman for the Senate Republican Task Force on Education.

After experiencing a cerebral hemorrhage the weekend of July 15, 2000, Senator Coverdell underwent surgery at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on July 17. He died on July 18 after undergoing the serious brain surgery. The death of Coverdell is a great loss for the state of Georgia and the United States Senate. Senator Coverdell was known by his peers for not letting partisan politics influence his beliefs. He is remembered for his high standard of ethics and his humble attitudes. At the time of his death, Senator Coverdell was the fourth ranking Republican in the United States Senate.

(Taken from Ina Dillard Library's web site.)

Dr. Roger Coate is Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy at Georgia College and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Director of the Richard L. Walker Institute of International Studies at the University of South Carolina. Professor Coate's research and teaching interests focus on public policy related to international relations, international organization and global governance. His specific areas of expertise and research interests include: leadership and the role of emerging powers in the UN system, international organization reform, international administration and development, the role of civil society in global governance, nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, and U.S. multilateral foreign policy. He is author or co-author of more than a dozen books and monographs, including: "The United Nations and Changing World Politics"; "Identity Politics in an Age of Globalization"; "United Nations Politics: Responding to a Challenging World"; "International Cooperation in Response to AIDS"; "United States Policy and the Future of the United Nations"; and "Unilateralism, Ideology and United States Foreign Policy: The U.S. In and Out of UNESCO". 

Among his other activities, Coate has served as: member of U.S. National Academy of Science’s Board of International Scientific Organizations; member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Housing Rights; United Nations Fellow at the UN Centre for Human Rights; staff consultant to the U.S. Secretary of State’s Monitoring Panel on UNESCO; member of the U.S. Delegation to the 31st UNESCO General Conference in Paris; and advisor to the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State. 

Coate currently serves as Vice Chair and Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), where he chairs the Subcommittee on Governance. He has also chaired the Governance Committee for the Board of Directors of American for UNESCO. He recently completed his tenure as the Chair of the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and member of the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of ISA, and has been President of the ISA South Region. From 1998 to 2006, he directed a large-scale transnational research and professional development program, the “Creating Effective Partnerships for Human Security Project,” in partnership with the United Nations University, the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Central European University, and other partners.

Coate has been recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: The Medal of Honor with Cravat from the Veterans Affairs Commission of the Republic of China in 2003; the 2009 Ladd Hollist Award for Outstanding Service to the International Studies Association; “Best New Journal in the United States in 1996 in Business, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities” from the Association of American Publishers for his work as founding editor of "Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations"; National President of Sigma Iota Rho, The International Studies Honor Society; The Charles Knowlton Law and Humanities/Social Sciences Research Award; Mortar Board's Excellence in Teaching Award; the NADA Ambassador of Global Learning Award; and the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Teaching Circle.

Visit Dr. Coate's web site at: https://rogeracoate.wordpress.com  

SPRING–SUMMER 2018

COVERDELL CHAIR PUBLIC POLICY STUDENT RESEARCH SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Coverdell Chair is pleased to announce the second round of the Coverdell Chair Public Policy Student Research Scholar (PPSRS) program for Spring–Summer 2018.  The main purpose of the Coverdell Chair PPSRS program is to strengthen GCSU’s mission as the premier public liberal arts university in Georgia and to attract and retain the highest caliber young scholars. The PPSRS program was created to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research opportunities in Public Policy Studies in all disciplines from the social and physical sciences and the humanities to information and communication technology, nursing and business.

The Coverdell Chair is especially interested in promoting policy relevant research to develop innovative, workable policy solutions for major public problems. By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, the PPSRS program enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The Coverdell Scholar program provides opportunities for undergraduates to build a competitive edge in the job market.

Funding Cycle: April 15−June 30, 2018

Summary details: Each Public Policy Student Research Scholar may receive up to $2,000 to fund his or her research project, competing for this award with the submission of a research, scholarship, or creative project proposal developed in collaboration with his or her faculty mentor. Selection is based on the project's educational and intellectual merit, the potential policy impact of the project, and the student's previous academic success. Faculty mentors may receive up to a total of $500 per project in faculty development funds upon the successful completion of the student grant. For Spring–Summer 2018 up to two PPSRS grants will be awarded.

Deadline for application: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Detailed information, including application forms, the guidebook, budget forms, etc.. can be found at https://rogeracoate.wordpress.com/ppsrs/

 

 

Public Policy Colloquium Series

As part of Georgia College’s commitment to foster an intellectual environment for teaching and scholarly excellence and intellectual engagement, the Coverdell Chair Public Policy Colloquium Series expands student learning beyond the classroom by bring leading public policy figures to Georgia College and providing students the opportunity to interact both formally and informally with them.

 

Research Initiatives

In endeavoring to bring faculty and students from various disciplines together in analyzing the various dimensions of major public problems, several scholarly initiatives are being undertaken, including among other research initiatives. These include the: “Education and Gender Empowerment through Sports: Giving Youth a Sporting Chance” project; the “International Cooperation in Response to HIV/AIDS” project; the “Finding Workable Policy Solutions to the U.S.-UNESCO Relations Crisis” project. As discussed below, these three projects are complementary, enable research trips to be combined across projects, and provide synergy for building the capacity for bringing together faculty and students from various disciplines to analyze and respond to major public policy problems and issues. Importantly, all three projects involve engagement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO is the sole UN agency that is most directly related to liberal arts education. UNESCO is the one UN agency that focuses most expressly on the disciplinary areas of our public liberal arts university: education, science, culture, and information/communications. This is especially important in regard to the Coverdell Chair’s mandate to engage and create awareness in the university and broader community to propose innovative, workable policy solutions for such problems.

 


Carl Vinson Endowed Chair

The Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration was established on November 18, 1980. Following three years of fund raising, Larry Elowitz Ph.D. became the first professor to fill the chair position in 1983. 

Dr. Elowitz filled the position with distinction until 2010. The chair position remained unfilled until the Fall of 2014, when Henry Edmondson, Ph.D. was nominated and awarded the position.

The purpose of the Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration is to enrich the education of Georgia College students, support the activity of the faculty of the Department of Government and Sociology, deepen the academic life of the university, and  promote the life and legacy of Congressman Carl Vinson.

The legacy of Carl Vinson is not only a Milledgeville treasure, but given his enormous influence on the development of the U.S. Armed Forces, his legacy is both national and international. Georgia College University Advancement now occupies the Vinson House, his Milledgeville boyhood home; and his Congressional orange-toned antique work desk is now in Georgia College Special Collections. 

Vinson’s early years were spent in the middle Georgia area. He was one of seven children born to Edward S. and Ann Vinson on a farm near Milledgeville in 1883. Vinson earned a law degree from Mercer University in 1902 and began his practice in his hometown.

Vinson’s political career began in Milledgeville where he served as County Prosecutor and Judge. He would also serve a stint as a state legislator. Vinson's national career in the House of Representatives began in November 1914, just days before his thirty-first birthday, a post he would hold until 1964—50 consecutive years. During his tenure in the House, Vinson served under nine Presidents, from Wilson to Johnson.  He was once asked why he did not accept any of the several presidential invitations to become Secretary of Defense, to which he reputedly replied, “Why should I, when I can run the Department of Defense from the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives?”

Vinson’s signature theme was military preparedness and national security. He did not come to this position easily or quickly; on the contrary, his leanings were more isolationist as was the case with many of his time. The devastation of WWI, however, converted him to a different attitude and WWII further convinced him of the importance national self-preservation. In 1916, Vinson supported “the largest building program ever undertaken by any government in the history of the world for strengthening a navy.”

Accordingly, during his distinguished career, Vinson was responsible for the expansion of the U.S. military, particularly the Navy. He is widely known as “The Father of the Two Ocean Navy,” which refers to the U.S. naval fleets that are housed on both the Atlantic as well as the Pacific coasts. He also helped to ensure the continued existence of the United States Marine Corps, and kept funding for the Department of Defense intact despite legislative efforts to reduce it. He is credited with advocating military preparedness and his efforts to expand the Air Force, Marines and the Navy pre-dated the attack on Pearl Harbor and the American entrance into World War II. After the war Vinson continued to work for a strong military.

Vinson was known for his quiet leadership and integrity—and his effectiveness. His leadership style was quiet and unassuming—but quite effective. Vinson was not only an effective leader, he was widely known as a man of integrity. He declined to enjoy many of the privileges of his position, rarely traveling, and living in relative simplicity, preferring to retreat to his Baldwin County farm whenever possible. He thought that military preparedness, moreover, was a non-partisan pursuit, and thus he offers yet another example of what real leadership consists. At the same time he combined that integrity with shrewdness: he was not born a farmer; rather, he became a farmer to better identify with the concerns of his constituents in Georgia’s Tenth and later, Sixth, Districts. 

Vinson possessed encyclopedic knowledge not only of the U.S. Navy, but also—and necessarily—encyclopedic knowledge of the navies of most other major countries. His knowledge and integrity combined to make him an extremely capable leader. One colleague noted, “The Old Operator can get more results by raising his eyebrows than most men do by two hours of desk pounding." A political opponent admitted that Vinson combined “statesmanship and cunning to a rare degree."

Today, Congressman Carl Vinson’s name is best known by its association with the USS Carl Vinson, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN-70). The ship was named in honor of Congressman Vinson for all of his work on behalf of the United States Navy in particular, and on behalf of the Armed Forces, in general. This United States Naval Vessel was commissioned on March 13, 1982, in Newport News, Va. The Nimitz class carriers are the largest in the world—three football fields in length and over thirty stories high—and each carrier houses a crew of five thousand sailors and over one hundred military aircraft. The informal name of the Vinson is “America’s Favorite Carrier,” and the ship was most recently in the news because it was the ship from which Osama Bin Laden was put to rest. Visitors to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Facebook page are greeted with the following quote about the ship’s namesake: 

“The primary duty of government is self-preservation and no logic can justify stripping itself of its means of defense and relying upon the mercy, the pity, or the love of other nations” --Congressman Carl Vinson, 1934

 

For more information on the USS Carl Vinson, please visit the ship’s home page here. Recent news items about the ship can be found here and here.

The Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library houses the Carl Vinson Memorial Exhibit on the Third Floor; and, the library website has a section devoted to Vinson which is available here.

Note: Portions of this material were taken from the Special Collections website of the Ina Dillard Russell Library

Edmondson has taught at Georgia College for twenty-five years.  His teaching areas include American Government, Political Philosophy, Public Law, Comparative Public Administration and Leadership. His areas of research and publication cover politics, leadership and literature, education reform, and the European Union. He has directed interdisciplinary and political science study abroad programs for twenty years, taking students to a total of twelve different European countries. His publications include "The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics" (Lexington Books 2000), "Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O’Connor’s Response to Nihilism" (Lexington Books, 2002), "John Dewey and the Decline of American Education" (ISI Books, 2002) and is currently under contract with the University Press of Kentucky editing a text on politics and literature, due for publication in late 2015. In addition, he has published numerous articles and reviews in a variety of journals. With Professor Jerry Herbel, also of the Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology, Edmondson has written and co-edited a symposium entitled “Shakespeare and the Public Service,” scheduled for publication in "Public Integrity", the flagship journal of administrative ethics, in mid-2015. He is currently at work on a volume entitled "What Would Publius Do? Leadership Principles From The Federalist Papers." He was the Co-Director of “Reason, Fiction & Faith: An International Flannery O’Connor Conference” in Rome, Italy, April 20-22, 2009; and, Flannery O’Connor and the Mystery of Place: An International Flannery O’Connor Conference on the Twentieth Anniversary of Her Death,” Dublin Ireland, July 24-26.

Edmondson has directed numerous conferences for the non-profit educational foundation Liberty Fund on a variety of topics including “The European Union and the American Constitution,” (Chicago, 2008); “The Thought of Alexander Hamilton,” (Indianapolis, 2009); “Franz Kafka and Political Philosophy,” (New Orleans, 2012); and the “American Founders’ Views on Education” (Indianapolis). He has lectured both in the States and also abroad at Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, The University of Aberdeen; and, he has lectured several times, in Spanish, at The University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense) and The University of Santiago de Compostela. He has translated several academic journal articles from Spanish into English. In November of this year, he will deliver a series of invited lectures on politics and literature; and, on the European Union, at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

In October of 2011, he served as an Accreditation Team member to King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the American Academy of Liberal Education (AALE); and September 13-16, 2015, he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the Accreditation Team leader to Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca.

In 1997-1999, Edmondson was the lead professor in the Carl Vinson Naval Distance Education Program at GC, a Pentagon-sponsored pilot program in which the Masters of Public Administration degree was offered, by means of interactive video-teleconferencing and internet-based study, to Naval officers and enlisted aboard sea-bound Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. As part of this undertaking, in late 1997, he spent two weeks teaching “Leadership” aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, and in December-January of 1998-1999, when the Vinson was deployed in the Persian Gulf, he taught “Ethics” to Naval personnel through VTC while the ship was simultaneously engaged in hostilities against Iraq.

Program of Work

 

The purpose of the Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration is to enrich the education of Georgia College students, support the activity of the faculty of the Department of Government and Sociology, deepen the academic life of the university; and, promote the life and legacy of Congressman Carl Vinson. To that end, the Chair promotes and supports several activities for the university and the department. They include: 

Scholarships

--Department of Government and Sociology Carl Vinson Chair Undergraduate Research Conference Award
Each year, the Carl Vinson Chair For Political Science and Public Administration offers two scholarships of $250 each for support for graduate conference presentations/activity.

Sponsored by the Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration, the purpose of these funds to offset the costs of travel and registration for the presentation and dissemination of original research done by undergraduate students in the department of Government & Sociology at Georgia College. 

The Carl Vinson Award is designated for a paper or presentation that reflects the Vinson legacy.  Research proposals submitted for this award should be connected to one of the following themes: leadership, ethics, national security/defense, or military policy (especially, but not exclusively, naval policy).  If a student does submit a paper for the consideration of this award then he or she should also submit a paragraph, in the same document, explaining their paper’s connection to one of these themes with the application.  Each Vinson Award is valued at $250 with at least two being awarded each year.  

All funds will be announced prior to conference participation, however, monies will be distributed as reimbursement for student expenditures, so all relevant receipts must be retained and submitted.

Award recipients must submit reimbursement requests within 30 days of their return. 

Application should be made by letter, both a hard and digital copy, in which the student provides a brief personal introduction and an overview of the conference paper indicating its connection to the Vinson legacy. The letter should be accompanied by a student resume. All applications should be made to: 

Professor Hank Edmondson
Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science & Public Administration
Department of Government and Sociology, CBX 018
Georgia College
Milledgeville, Ga. 31061

The digital submission should be sent to:
hank.edmondson@gcsu.edu

The deadline for applications is November 15 for Fall Semester conference activity and February 15 for Spring Semester

--Department of Government and Sociology Carl Vinson Chair MPA Graduate Scholarships for Conference Presentations/Activity 
Each year, the Carl Vinson Chair For Political Science and Public Administration offers two scholarships of $250 each for support for graduate conference presentations/activity. 

Sponsored by the Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration, the purpose of these funds to offset the costs of travel and registration for the presentation and dissemination of original research done by Masters in Public Administration students in the department of Government & Sociology at Georgia College. 

The Carl Vinson Award is designated for a paper or presentation that the Vinson legacy.  Accordingly, research proposals submitted for this award should be connected, in some way, to one of the following themes: leadership, ethics, national security/defense, or military policy. Depending on the number of paper proposals, these guidelines may be interpreted broadly. 

To apply for this scholarship, the student should submit a letter introducing himself/herself and providing a two to three paragraph summary of the paper in which the paper is summarized and the connection with the Vinson legacy themes is indicated. Documentation should also be included verifying the acceptance and scheduling of the paper at the relevant conference. Finally, a brief cv/resume should be attached. 

All funds will be announced prior to conference participation; however, funds will be distributed subsequent to the conference as reimbursement for student expenditures.  

Award recipients must submit reimbursement requests within 30 days of their return but no later than May 30, 2015. 

The student should submit both an electronic and a hard copy of the letter of application to: 

Professor Henry T. Edmondson III
Carl Vinson Chair for Political Science & Public Administration Department of Government and Sociology
CBX 018
Georgia College
Milledgeville, Ga. 31061-0490

The digital submission should be sent to:
hank.edmondson@gcsu.edu

The deadline for applications is November 15 for Fall Semester conference activity and February 15 for Spring Semester conference activity.

--Department of Government and Sociology Carl Vinson Chair Undergraduate/Graduate Vinson Archives Research Award 
Each year, the Carl Vinson Chair For Political Science and Public Administration offers one scholarships of $250 for support for undergraduate or graduate research in the Carl Vinson archives housed in the Georgia College library. Sponsored by the Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration, the purpose of this award is to encourage and advance the use of the Vinson archives and promote the Vinson legacy. 

The research may be undertaken from a variety of disciplines and should result in at least a ten page classroom or conference paper. Please note the student may apply for this scholarship in conjunction with the Vinson Chair conference presentation scholarships. 

Application should be made by letter, both a hard and digital copy, in which the student provides a brief personal introduction and an overview of the Vinson archives research proposal. The letter should be accompanied by a student resume. All applications should be made to: 

Professor Hank Edmondson
Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science & Public Administration
Department of Government and Sociology, CBX 018
Georgia College
Milledgeville, Ga. 31061

The digital submission should be sent to:
hank.edmondson@gcsu.edu

The deadline for applications is November 15 for Fall semester consideration and February 15 for Spring Semester consideration.

Lectures

----An Annual Carl Vinson Chair Lecture on Leadership and Ethics, delivered by the Vinson Chair occupant, on the way in which leadership, ethics and literature intersect in an interdisciplinary manner and the lessons for ethical leadership that might be drawn from this interdisciplinary synthesis.

--A biannual (twice a year) campus-wide Carl Vinson Chair Symposium with invited expert speakers. Each fall semester the symposium is entitled the Carl Vinson Chair Symposium on Leadership and Ethics. The Spring symposium each year is entitled the Carl Vinson Chair Symposium on Military Preparedness and International Relations.

 

 

 

Department of Government and Sociology
Arts and Sciences room 2-03  |  Campus Box 18
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4562
Fax: (478) 445-5273