The Scarff professorial chair allows Lawrence University to bring to campus distinguished public servants, professional leaders, and scholars to provide broad perspectives on the central issues of the day. Scarff professors teach courses, offer public lectures, and collaborate with students and faculty members in research and scholarship.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Scarff created the professorship in 1989, in memory of their son, Stephen, a 1975 Lawrence graduate who died in an automobile accident in 1984. In the photo, the Scarffs are pictured with G. Jonathan Greenwald (center), former United States minister-counselor to the European Union and the 1998-99 Scarff Professor.

Recent Scarff visiting professors have included William Sloane Coffin, Jr., civil rights and peace activist; David Swartz, first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Belarus in the former Soviet Union; Greenwald; Takakazu Kuriyama, former ambassador of Japan to the United States; Charles Ahlgren, retired diplomat and educator; and George Meyer, former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Robert Suettinger ’68, Intelligence analyst and China policy expert, and Russ Feingold, former United States Senator from Wisconsin.

Stephen Edward Scarff Visiting Professors, 1989-2012


McGeorge Bundy
National security advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson


Edgar Fiedler
Assistant security of the treasury for economic policy


Jiri Vykoukal
Professor/scholar of East European history at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague


Richard Parker
Ambassador to Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco


Donald Leidel
Ambassador to Bahrain/deputy director of management operations for the Department of State


Karl Scheld
Senior vice-president/director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Civil rights and peace activist


David H. Swartz
Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus


G. Jonathan Greenwald
Minister-counselor to the European Union at the U.S. mission in Brussels


Takakazu Kuriyama
Ambassador of Japan to the United States


Charles Ahlgren
Retired diplomat and educator


George Meyer
Former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Robert Lee Suettinger ’68
Intelligence analyst and China policy expert

2009 (Spring Term only)

Robert (Todd) Becker
former U.S. foreign service officer and deputy head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Croatia.

2010 (Spring Term only)

George Wyeth, ‘73
Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Policy and Program Change Division.

2010 (Fall Term only)

Rudolf Perina
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova (1998-2001), head of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade in the mid-1990s and U.S. Special Negotiator for Eurasian Conflicts, 2001-04. Spent 35 years as U.S. foreign service officer, retiring in 2006.

2011 (Fall Term only)

Alexander Wilde, ‘62
Senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., former director of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), an independent nongovernmental organization concerned with human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

2012 (Fall Term only)

Russ Feingold
Former United States Senator from Wisconsin

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