Robert M. Shrum, the renowned political strategist, has joined New York University as a senior fellow, and will be affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Shrum, who most recently served as senior advisor to the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign, will begin his new position on February 1, and begin teaching in the 2005-06 academic year. His initial classes are expected to include a class at NYU Wagner, as well as an undergraduate freshman seminar. Shrum will also pursue writing and research projects.

“Bob’s vast experience on the political stage made him a perfect fit for NYU, and for Wagner,” said NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall. “Our faculty examine issues both here and abroad that were a hallmark of Bob’s campaigns, including social disparity and access, urban and health policy, and of course, leadership. Bob will bring our students a unique perspective to these critical issues.”

Dating back to 1972, when he was the principal speechwriter for presidential candidate Senator George McGovern, Shrum has been a force in local, state, national, and international political campaigns. Since 1985, he has developed media campaigns for 26 winning U.S Senate campaigns, eight winning gubernatorial campaigns, and mayoral races in a host of cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Shrum received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. He has been a fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University and has taught at Yale University and Boston College.

“I have spent my entire life advising political leaders who dedicated themselves to the public good, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to teach the next generation of public service leaders and to reflect and write about what I’ve learned,” said Shrum. “It’s an exciting time for NYU and Wagner as they seek to redefine public service locally, nationally, and globally, and I am looking forward to playing my part.”

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Science in Management, and Doctor of Philosophy. Through these rigorous programs, NYU Wagner educates the future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector.

New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is the largest private university in the US, and a member of the Association of American Universities; it attracts and recruits one of the largest groups of international students among US colleges and universities. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

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