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July 24, 2012

Jim Marshall to lead U.S. Institute of Peace

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) announced this week the appointment of former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall as the fourth president of the institute. Currently a lecturer at Princeton University, Marshall will assume the presidency on Sept. 14.

As president, Marshall — whose former House district included Colquitt County — will oversee the next phase of development in the Institute's conflict management work and its professional training programs.

He succeeds Ambassador Richard H. Solomon, who has led the Institute for the last 19 years.

"Jim brings a rich, diverse background to the Institute that the Board found very attractive,” said J. Robinson West, chairman of the Board of Directors. “As a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Jim has experienced firsthand the dire consequences of violent conflict. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he carefully navigated a course through the choppy waters of partisanship to build a solid record of bi-partisanship. He will be able to call upon his time as a professor at Mercer University and lecturer at Princeton as he leads the Institute's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding to an even higher profile among our government partners. "

Marshall, a Democrat, represented the district around Macon in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011. As a member of Congress, Marshall served on the Armed Services, Agriculture, and Financial Services committees.

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