Africare News Release
Africare President Inducted Into National Academy of Public Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2007 — Africare President Julius E. Coles was inducted as a Fellow into The National Academy of Public Administration on Thursday, November 15, at the Academy's 2007 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. The Academy is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation chartered by Congress to give "trusted advice" on matters of government strategy and administration to policymakers from every branch in the U.S. government. For nearly half a century, the Academy has assisted hundreds of agencies through research, problem solving and strategic planning. As a newly inducted Fellow of the Academy, Coles brings an expansive record of service and experience in the field of international development.
"I am honored to join the legacy of service that the National Academy of Public Administration has provided to the leaders of our nation for more than 40 years," noted Coles. "I plan on participating in the work of the International Affairs Panel and the Africa Working Group; the issues being undertaken by both of these groups are very relevant to the issues confronting the developing world and the continent of Africa."
Led by the Fellows, the Academy provides hands-on assistance to thousands of government leaders and hundreds of agencies. The Academy works with all levels of government, congressional committees and international organizations to connect people and ideas in the work to solve some of the nation's largest challenges.
Fellows are elected by their peers for their extensive experience in a variety of issues at the highest level of public service. Coles joined the ranks of the nation's top policymakers, public administrators and distinguished scholars of public policy.
Before assuming his position as President of Africare, Coles served as the Director of Morehouse College's Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and as a Professor of Political Science from 1997 to 2002. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Director of Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Previously, most of Coles's career of some 28 years in the foreign service was spent as a senior official with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). While with USAID, Coles was Mission Director in Swaziland and Senegal and served in Vietnam, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal and Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College (1964) and a Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1966).