Coverdell Chair as “the focal point for the university’s multifaceted initiatives in public policy studies” Leading by Example: The Coverdell Chair’s motto is to lead by example. And the Coverdell Chair’s mandate is to be “the focal point for the university’s multifaceted initiatives in public policy studies,” enhancing Georgia College’s visibility in the local community, the State, nation, and internationally. Dr. Coate plays major leadership roles in two of the most important international professional associations in the public policy field: the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the International Studies Association (ISA). Georgia College is an institutional member of ACUNS, which, as explained above, is the world’s leading scholarly professional association for United Nations studies. Dr. Coate serves as Georgia College’s liaison to ACUNS. GC’s institutional membership provides the entire Georgia College community with free electronic access via the library to award-winning leading UN-studies academic journal, Global Governance, as well as individual memberships in the association for Drs. Coate, Elliott-Gower, and Rudkevich. Dr. Coate is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of ACUNS and will serve a three-year term as Chair from June 2018 to June 2021. He serves on its Executive Committee, and as the Chair of the Governance Committee. He also serves as: Chair of the Forward Planning Committee to find a new administrative headquarters for the association and a new editorial office and editors of Global Governance, as well as other major roles. Dr. Coate is Past- President of the International Studies Association’s International Organization Section (ISA-IO) and serves as Chair of the ISA-IO Conference Workshop Planning Committee and is Past-President of ISA- South.
“Bring faculty and students from various disciplines together in analyzing the various dimensions of major public problems… and engage the university and broader community to propose innovative, workable policy solutions for such problems”:
Coverdell Chair Program Research/Creative/Scholarly Endeavors
A main mandate the Coverdell Chair Endowment is for the Coverdell Chair to bring faculty and students from various disciplines together in analyzing the various dimensions of major public problems.” In fulfilling this mandate, the Coverdell Chair in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Government & Sociology launched several ongoing scholarly initiatives in 2013. After trial and error in the four years since, the core programs have been limited to focus on the: “International Cooperation in Response to HIV/AIDS” project and the “Finding Workable Policy Solutions to the U.S.-UNESCO Relations Crisis” project; which is especially important in the light of President Trump’s announcement that the United States will officially withdraw from UNESCO in December 2018. In place of the two discontinued programs and to fulfill the Coverdell Chair endowment mandate to bring faculty and students from various disciplines together in analyzing the various dimensions of major public problems and to engage the university and broader community to propose innovative, workable policy solutions for such problems, the Coverdell Chair revived and relaunched a previous very successful initiative. This revitalized initiative, the “Transnational Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Partnership Program” is described below and was described in greater detail below.