Glen Browder to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Presbyterian College
Dr. Glen Browder
Dr.Glen Browder, Jacksonville State University's Eminent
Scholar in American Democracy, will receive an honorary Doctor of Public
Service degree from his alma mater, Presbyterian College of Clinton,
S.C., during their commencement on May 7.
J. David Gillespie, Ph.D., vice president for academic
affairs and dean of the faculty of Presbyterian College, said, "I know
that Jacksonville State University takes pride in Dr. Browder. His undergraduate
alma mater, Presbyterian College, is likewise extremely proud of this
wonderful man. Personally, I came to know him as a brother in the circle
of Alabama political scientists during six years (1973-79) that I served
on the Samford University faculty.
"I did not know until I moved on to the faculty of
Presbyterian College that this was his alma mater. One day, when I was
out, he left on my office door a Jacksonville State University calling
card saying, 'Sorry I missed you. Don't know if you know it, but PC
is my alma mater, and I married a local Clinton girl. I am back visiting
in-laws. Oh, by the way, I am serving in Congress.' I knew that my old
friend was in Congress even before I knew this was his alma mater.
Dr. Gillespie continued, "Years ago, Presbyterian
College gave its highest alumni award to Glen Browder. Now it extends
an honorary doctorate to him in recognition of his distinguished public
service, both in Alabama and in Washington; his outstanding academic
career at Jacksonville State University and at the Naval Postgraduate
School; and his considerable professional achievements as an author,
speaker, and advisor with expertise valuable at home and abroad in the
areas of national security policy, legislative process, and the process
and problems of democratization worldwide."
Dr. Browder taught thousands of students the essentials
of American democracy as a JSU professor before launching his political
career. He also currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor
at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Dr. Browder has participated in a variety of international
programs sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Civil
Military Relations, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security
Studies, and Global Green USA.
Dr. Browder has continued to inspire young minds with
recent publications, which include The Future of American Democracy:
A Former Congressman's Unconventional Analysis of America's Great Experiment
(University Press of America, 2002); "Congress and the Pentagon: Civil-Military
Relations for a New Millennium," in Inside the House: Former Members
Reveal How Congress Really Works (Former Member of Congress Association
and University Press of America, 2001); "Guiding the Great Experiment:
California's Recall and America's Democratic Destiny," in California
Dreams and Realities: Readings for Critical Thinkers and Writers
(2005); and "Toxic Politics: Alarm Bells for Chemical Weapons," International
Dr. Browder is native of Sumter, South Carolina, and attended
Presbyterian College (B.A. in History) and Emory University (M.A. and
Ph.D. in Political Science). He has served as an Alabama State Legislator
(1982-86), Secretary of State (1987-89), and U.S. Congressman (1989-96).
Browder and his wife Becky have one daughter, Jenny Rebecca.
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