The 2012/2013 academic year at American University of Nigeria will be flagged off on Tuesday, August 28, at the Fall 2012 Convocation and Pledge Ceremony to be addressed by Dr. Kevin F. F. Quigley as keynote speaker. He is the President of the National Peace Corps Association, a major nonprofit organization of returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the United States.
Dr. Quigley, who is an avid believer in the role of non-profit organizations working together with government and corporations, has worked in both legislative and executive branches of the US government. He has also served in public, private, and civil-society organizations undertaking collective and international concerns.
He served in Thailand from 1976-1979, and is a firm believer in peace, service, democracy, and education. He has been the acting CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Director of Public Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Vice Chairman of USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance.
Author of For Democracy’s Sake, Quigley is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist, Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a US-Japan Leadership Fellow at the Keidanren in Tokyo.
He is a member of the board of the American University of Afghanistan and past board member of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He is also part-time faculty member at the School of Public International Affairs at George Mason University in Virginia.
The AUN Convocation and Pledge Ceremony will launch the school year and include a recitation of the AUN Community Pledge and a plaque presentation to Dr. Quigley for his outstanding service to humanity.
Last Fall, Ambassador Terrence P. McCulley, the US envoy in Nigeria, inaugurated the 2011/2012 academic session, speaking on American-style education as a major source of his country’s pride.
The Convocation and Pledge Ceremony will bring to an end a weeklong orientation program scheduled for first-year students and their parents.