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Citadel News Service
16 Sep 2008

DNC’s Fowler to bring 2008 elections lecture series to The Citadel

Democratic National Committee member Donald L. Fowler will bring his extensive knowledge of South Carolina and Democratic politics to The Citadel as the 2008-2009 John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government.

In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Fowler will direct a series of talks focusing on the November presidential election – the first of which will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in Bond Hall Room 165. Fowler will discuss “Contemporary Concepts of Achieving American Goals in the New Global Environment.” The lecture, which is sponsored by West Chair Foundation and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to have someone of Don Fowler’s political experience with us at The Citadel,” said Gardel Feurtado, head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. “As a leader in his field, the lessons he can share on principled leadership in the world of politics will be of great value to our students on their Citadel leadership journey and when they graduate and enter the military or the workplace.”

Fowler, who is retired U.S. Army Reserve, earned a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Kentucky and is currently an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee. He is also the co-chairman of the Veterans and Military Families Council and previously served on the Democratic Party's Presidential Nominating Commission (2005-2006) and was the chief executive officer for the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

Fowler's academic activities include special assistant to the president of Wofford College and adjunct professor of political sciences at the University of South Carolina. He is chairman of Fowler Communications in Columbia, S.C.

Upcoming lectures will focus on the media coverage of the campaigns (Oct. 9), projections of both the presidential and Congressional elections (Oct. 30) and an evaluation of election results by media specialists and scholars on Nov. 3. Times and locations will be announced.

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