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Presidential assistant to speak at Wofford convocation

Friday, September 03, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eric L. Motley, special assistant to the president and associate director of presidential personnel at the White House, will be the speaker for Wofford College’s opening convocation on Thursday, Sept. 9. The program will be held at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

The opening convocation welcomes Wofford’s Class of 2008 and returning students, who begin classes on Monday, Sept. 6.

As associate director of presidential personnel, Motley manages the appointment process for more than 1,200 part-time advisory board and commission positions, while serving as a special assistant to the president. In addition, he has become a force in the cultural life of Washington, D.C., organizing “A Celebration of Glenn Gould,” a retrospective on the occasion of the great pianist’s 70th birthday and 20th anniversary of his death.

Motley also founded the Dialexis Society of the Cosmos Club to foster the intellectual development of young professionals within a community of scholarship. He created the 1600 Penn Book Club to build camaraderie and to provide alternative stimuli to White House colleges.

In 1996, Motley earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and philosophy from Samford University in Alabama, where he was president of the student body and creator of a distinguished speaker series. He was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he earned a master of letters in international relations and a Ph.D. in international relations and theology as a John Steven Watson Scholar. He served two terms as chairman of the St. Andrews Symposium, an intellectual and interdisciplinary forum where scholars debated ideas.

He has written and lectured extensively on the intellectual and political contributions of Scottish-born American Founding Father James Wilson.

Most recently, Motley was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of advisors of the Howard Colleges of Art and Sciences at Samford University.