Chatham News

Chatham welcomes Woodrow Wilson Fellow Julius Coles to campus March 15-17; campus reception planned for March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
March 14, 2010

(March 14, 2010) … As part of its Global Focus Year of Africa, the Chatham University community welcomes Professor Julius Coles, President Emeritus of Africare and Director of Global Education and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. Professor Coles is the University’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

During his visit from March 15-17, Professor Coles will meet with Chatham University faculty, including Fulbright Scholar Professor Tompson Makahamadze, as well as students. He will also participate in several Global Focus Year of Africa events on campus, and also tour the University’s Olkes Collection of African Art, the largest of its kind in western Pennsylvania. A special reception will be held for Professor Coles on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room. For more information contact the Office of the Dean of Chatham College for Women at 412-365-2467 or

Chatham’s Global Focus program engages students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations. The University’s community of scholars promotes the acquisition of sustainable global competencies through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe every year.

About Professor Julius Coles
Julius E. Coles has been Africare’s president since mid-June 2002. An Africare supporter since the organization’s beginning, Professor Coles served as a Board member from 1997 until assuming the presidency. Africare is committed to being the premier Africa-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues.

From 1997 to 2002, he was the director of Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. He served as the director of Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center from 1994 to 1997.

Most of Professor Coles’s previous career, spanning some 28 years, was as a senior official with the United States Agency for International Development. He was mission director in Swaziland and Senegal and served in Vietnam, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal and Washington, D.C. Professor Coles retired from the U.S. government’s foreign service in 1994 with the rank of career minister. His foreign service-related awards include the Distinguished Career Service Award (1995) and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award (annually, 1983-1986).

Professor Coles’ numerous other awards have included Princeton University’s James Madison Medal (2007), Morehouse College’s National Alumnus of the Year (2006) and the Amistad Achievement Award (2003). He was decorated by then President Abdou Diouf of Senegal as Commander in the Order of Lion (1994).

Professor Coles is a member of the Boards of InterAction, the Alliance Française (Washington, D.C.), the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs at Morehouse College, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and the Society for International Development. In addition, he is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee and the UNESCO International Commission on the Gorée (Senegal) Memorial.

He received his B.A. from Morehouse College (1964) and his master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1966). He also has studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, the U.S. Department of State Foreign Institute’s Senior Seminar, the Federal Executive Institute and Institut de Français in Paris.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Professor Coles is the father of two grown daughters and lives with his wife, Jean in Vienna, Va.

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