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Hugh Price joins Woodrow Wilson School faculty

May 12, 2008

Hugh Price, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and a former president of the National Urban League, will join the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, effective July 1.

Price will serve as the School’s John L.Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs, for a five-year appointment. In the fall of 2008 he will teach two courses; an undergraduate policy task force focusing on childhood obesity, as well as a graduate seminar on philanthropy and non-profits, which will examine whether and how foundations can serve as change agents. While at the School Price will continue to serve as a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings.

“We’re thrilled Hugh Price will join the community here at Princeton,” said Acting Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School Nolan McCarty. “His experience and leadership in the areas of education, child-related policy, community action, and philanthropy will be of great benefit to our students examining these important issues.”

Price served as president and CEO of the National Urban League from July 1994 until April 2003, during which time he tripled the League’s endowment; restructured its board of directors and staff; conceived and launched the League’s Campaign for African-American Achievement; established the League’s Institute for Opportunity and Equality; and established its new headquarters on Wall Street in New York City.

After his tenure at the National Urban League Price served for two years as senior advisor and co-chair of the Non-Profit and Philanthropy Practice Group at the global law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary U.S. LLP. In 2006-07, he co-chaired the Commission on the Whole Child for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  

Price is the author of two books, "Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child The Best Education Possible," and "Destination: The American Dream," a compilation of his speeches and position papers published by the National Urban League. In the summer of 2008, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development will publish his third book, Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Price began his professional career as a legal services lawyer representing low-income clients in New Haven, Connecticut. During the late 1960s he served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven.

From 1978 to1982 he served as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He wrote editorials on an array of public policy issues, including public education, welfare, criminal justice, and telecommunications. Price also served for six years as senior vice president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation’s largest public television station.

In 1988, Price was appointed vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. He oversaw its domestic investments to improve education for at-risk youth and increase opportunities for people of color. He was instrumental in conceiving and launching such innovative initiatives as the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Corps, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth.