Former Vice President Joe Biden has been named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor. He will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a Washington-based policy shop that will focus on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security. Biden will also have an office on campus.
“Joe Biden is one of the greatest statesmen of our times,” said President Gutmann in a statement. “His unsurpassed understanding of diplomacy and far-ranging grasp of world issues make him an ideal fit to further Penn’s global engagement—including the work of Penn Global and Perry World House, signature initiatives to develop innovative interdisciplinary global strategies and programs that distinguish Penn as a global agenda setter in higher education.”
Biden will hold joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences, with a secondary affiliation in the Wharton School.
“At Penn, I look forward to building on the work that has been a central pillar of my career in public office: promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong,” he said in a statement. “The Penn Biden Center and I will be engaging with Penn’s wonderful students while partnering with its eminent faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and impact the national debate about how America can continue to lead in the 21st century.”