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19 April 2005

Dr. 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 Herald-Tribune (2004).

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).

Dr. Browder and his wife Becky have one daughter, Jenny Rebecca.

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