June 14, 2003 - University of Maryland: First Ethiopia Country Director Harris Wofford

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First Ethiopia Country Director Harris Wofford

First Ethiopia Country Director Harris Wofford

Harris Wofford

Since helping to launch the Peace Corps in 1961, Harris Wofford has been at the forefront of the nation’s service movement. Former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and most recently CEO of the Corporation for National Service, Wofford has dedicated much of his life to the goal of making citizen service a common expectation and experience for all Americans. He played a key role in both crafting and working to pass the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National Service and was a key figure in The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which launched America’s Promise. He joined the board of directors of America’s Promise in March 2001 and was elected chairman in January 2002. Wofford also serves on the boards of Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation.

In recognition of Wofford’s leadership and commitment to service, University of Maryland President C.D. Mote recently been appointed him Professor of Practice; he will work with the Democracy Collaborative on campus. He also was recently recognized for his lifelong advocacy for service by the Independent Sector, a national association of nonprofit organizations, which honored him with its John W. Gardner Leadership Award. This award recognizes Americans working in or with the voluntary sector whose work has had national or international impact contributing to the common good.

In the 1970s, Wofford formed and chaired a panel on national service, which in 1979 produced the landmark report Youth and the Needs of the Nation. In 1987, as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry, he established and led Governor Robert Casey’s Office of Citizen Service, which promoted school-based service-learning and youth corps. He also managed the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

While in Governor Casey’s cabinet, Wofford worked with then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and a bipartisan working group of the National Governors Association, along with a group of senators, to develop what would become the National and Community Service Act of 1990, signed into law by President Bush. In 1991, as a newly-elected senator, Wofford collaborated with then-minority leader Bob Dole to secure passage of the National Civilian Community Corps, now an integral part of AmeriCorps. Then in 1993, Senator Wofford worked with President Clinton’s task force in both drafting and passing the National and Community Service Trust Act, which created AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Wofford played a key role in the civil rights movement in the 1950s, working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King. Under President Eisenhower, Wofford was counsel to the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In the Kennedy years, he was a special assistant to the President and chaired the subcabinet group on civil rights.

While on the White House staff, Wofford helped Sargent Shriver plan and organize the Peace Corps; in 1962, he became Peace Corps’ Special Representative to Africa and director of its large Ethiopia program. In the Johnson Administration, he took on the post of the Peace Corps’ associate director.

Wofford is no stranger to academia. From 1970-78, he was president of Bryn Mawr College, and from 1966-70, he was president of the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He was associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School (1956-1966). He is an alumnus of the University of Chicago (B.A., 1948) and both Howard University and Yale Law School (J.D., 1954). He has practiced law at Covington and Burling (1954-58) and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis (1979-86) law firms.

He is the author of numerous publications, including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1980). In 1950, Senator Wofford and his late wife Clare co-authored the book India Afire, which reported on the first year of independence in India and urged the civil rights movement in America to adopt Gandhi’s strategy of non-violent direct action. Martin Luther King Jr. used to say that Harris Wofford was the only lawyer who would help him go to jail instead of using all the tricks of the trade to keep him out.

In 2000, Wofford convened and chaired the Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-Based Community Initiatives, which issued the report Finding Common Ground. He also served on the National Commission on Service Learning and helped draft its report Learning in Deed.

Harris Wofford has a daughter, two sons, and four grandsons. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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By Azeb Tim Williams ( on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

My name is Mrs. Azeb Tim Williams. I am an Ethiopian woman seeking USA citizenship on the ground that my father Mr Tim Williams who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia (1968-1972) is an American through and through. Mr Guangul Teshager, a full time Ethiopian government company lawyer, became very sympathetic with my situation and volunteered to help me absolutely for free during his spare time. I did appear with Mr Guangul Teshager before the US Consular Officer in Ethiopia claiming US citizenship. The US Consular Office in Ethiopia has required Mr Tim William's written acknowledgement. I submitted his letter of acknowledgment which he signed 36 years ago. They again wanted Tim Williams to confirm that the signature on that document is his signature. Mr Tim Williams was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia from 1968-1972. Mr Tim Williams was loyal to the mission and objectives of the Peace Corps as an institution. He sacrificed the comforts of America and volunteered to help Ethiopians in an unfamiliar and stressful situation. I am confident he won't do anything that dusts the long standing excellent name of the Peace Corps. He did many wonderful jobs during his stay as a peace Corps from 1968-72 and that was the time he met my mother and I was born from that relationship. I am now looking for him. My lawyer, Mr Guangul Teshager, has filed a petition on my behalf to the USA Embassy in Ethiopia. The USA Embassy officials in Ethiopia are trying to reach him. Tim's email address (twwillia@clark.net) which I found in the internet bounced back. I am told by my mother that he was kind and considerate. He could be as well toiling trying to trace me. I heard he was in Ethiopia in 1999 but I presume he might have been disappointed after a long tedious search to meet his first daughter. I beg you to assist my father in his search to find his daughter. I can be reached through my lawyer, Mr. Guangul Teshager. My lawyer's email address is: guangulteshager@yahoo.com His cell phone is: +251911256492
I highly value and appreciate your kind cooperation
Azeb Tim Williams

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