Ford, who spent a decade in Congress before running for a Senate seat last year, will lead a seminar entitled Foundations of American Political Leadership for Vanderbilt undergraduates during the spring semester, which begins this week.
I am delighted to welcome Harold Ford Jr. to Vanderbilt, said Chancellor Gordon Gee. As one of the most visible and respected politicians of his generation, Harold will provide our students with a unique insight into politics and government.
Ford, who earned a bachelors degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, served five terms in the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and fiscally conservative Democrats that has built a reputation for promoting positions that bridge the gap between ideological extremes.