Former Congressman Jim Marshall ('77) Appointed President-Elect of the United States Institute of Peace
Four-term Congressman Jim Marshall (’77) has been named the fourth president of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), effective September 14, 2012.
“Jim Marshall embodies the energy, experience and leadership skills that we feel are vital to building upon the Institute’s role as an indispensible agency in the prevention, mediation and alleviation of international violent conflict,” said former Ambassador George Moose, vice chairman of the Institute’s board of directors.
Marshall represented the district around Macon, Georgia as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as mayor of Macon for four years and as a law professor at Mercer University.
Marshall attended law school at BU Law after serving in the Vietnam War as an Airborne Ranger reconnaissance platoon sergeant. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan conflict-management center, the mission of the USIP is to “prevent and mitigate conflict without resorting to violence.” It currently operates offices in Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq and is represented in Pakistan and Libya. Its services include training, educating and implementing programs that manage conflict through nonviolent means and that create structures to maintain peace in post-conflict situations.
Reported by Chelsea Sheasley