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NJ Governor Appoints Michael Riccards State Liaison

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Date:

2008-05-02

Contact Name:

David Early

Contact Email:

dear@loc.gov

Contact Phone:

202-707-6998


For Immediate Release

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR APPOINTS MICHAEL RICCARDS AS LIAISON TO
ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION
Former University President Will Help Coordinate State’s Commemoration

WASHINGTON – New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has appointed Michael P. Riccards, a distinguished educator and currently the executive director of the Hall Institute of Public Policy, as his representative to the Governors' Council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

“As a former university president, Dr. Riccards will be an valuable asset to the ALBC’s educational initiatives,” said ALBC Executive Director Eileen Mackevich.  “He is well known, accomplished, respected in many circles and we are grateful to Governor Corzine for appointing Dr. Riccards to coordinate the Lincoln Bicentennial in New Jersey.”

Mackevich noted that New Jersey is the burial place of Walt Whitman, whose deep admiration for Lincoln inspired a number of his poems.

“Lincoln, himself, wrote poetry, and we hope to have a program on Lincoln, Whitman and poetry,” she said.  “New Jersey would be a logical place.”

Prior to becoming executive director of the Hall Institute of Public Policy - New Jersey in 2005, Michael P. Riccards was the public policy scholar of the College Board in Washington DC.  He previously served as the president of three colleges - Fitchburg State College (MA), Shepherd College (WV), and St. John's College (NM).  He was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan, a Henry Huntington Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Princeton University. Dr. Riccards is author of 14 books, including Abraham Lincoln and the Political Question: The Creation of the State of West Virginia and Ferocious Engine of Democracy, a two-volume history of the American presidency.

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan educational, public, and legacy programs to mark the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  Its members, who are appointed by the president and congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and collectors.  The ALBC aims to renew Americans’ appreciation of Lincoln’s ideals of freedom, democracy and equality of opportunity. 

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