“It is extremely important for students to understand the global system in order to solve the complicated social, political and economic problems of today,” says Gary McClellan.
That is why he’s been such a strong advocate for the new Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement, which was officially introduced to the Ursinus community in the spring of 2015. A former senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, McClellan was a classmate of the late U.S. Ambassador Joseph H. Melrose Jr. ’66, (pictured right with McClellan), who returned to his alma mater in 2002 to serve as professor of politics and international relations and the college’s ambassador-in-residence.
McClellan’s estate gift will endow the Melrose Center and support students interested in public affairs. “The Melrose Center is quite an homage to Joe,” says McClellan. “Globalization is a fact of life and we need to embrace it. The Melrose Center will provide them with great opportunities to pursue those interests.”
Melrose was known in diplomatic circles as “Mr. Fix-It.” He is perhaps best remembered for his service as U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war—and for brokering a peace treaty to bring an end to hostilities.