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, 1989-2018

 

1989-90

McGeorge Bundy
National security advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson

1990-91

Edgar Fiedler
Assistant security of the treasury for economic policy

1991-92

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

1992-93

Richard Parker
Ambassador to Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco

1993-94

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

1994-95

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

1995-96

William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Civil rights and peace activist

1997-98

David H. Swartz
Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus

1998-99

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

2000-01

Takakazu Kuriyama
Ambassador of Japan to the United States

2001-02

Charles Ahlgren
Retired diplomat and educator

2002-04

George Meyer
Former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

2007-08

Robert Lee Suettinger ’68
Intelligence analyst and China policy expert

2008-09

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.

2009-10

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

2010-11

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.

2011-12

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.

2012-13

Russ Feingold
Former United States Senator from Wisconsin

2013-14

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.

2015-16

George Rupp
Former President of the International Rescue Committee, the largest refugee resettlement organization in the world. Before leading the IRC he was president of Columbia and Rice Universities and Dean of the Harvard Divinity School.

2016-17

Christopher Murray, '75
Most recently served as political advisor to the Supreme Commander of NATO forces. Prior to that he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo.

2017-18

William Baer, '72 and Nancy Hendry
Baer recently stepped down as Associate Attorney General in the Obama Administration. Previously, he was Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Hendry is senior advisor to the International Association of Women Judges where her focus is on sexual harassment law. They are married and both graduated from Stanford Law School.

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