Philip Geier, founder of Davis United World College Scholars program, to speak at Luther commencement May 23

The 2010 Luther commencement schedule can be found at http://www.luther.edu/commencement.

May 3, 2010

Philip Geier, executive director and co-founder of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, will be the speaker at Luther College Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 23 when Luther confers degrees on 541 graduates of the Class of 2010.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in Carlson Stadium.  Tickets are required for admission.

Information about the 2010 Luther commencement schedule can be found at http://www.luther.edu/commencement.

In his commencement address, Geier will reflect on his role as co-founder and executive director of the Davis UWC Scholars Program.

 Eleven Davis UWC Scholars will graduate with the Luther Class of 2010.

Since 2005, Geier has directed the operations of the Davis UWC Scholars Program, the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program for undergraduate education.  The program currently provides scholarship support for 1,695 scholars, from the United States and around the world, at 91 American colleges and universities across.

Luther is among that select group of colleges, and more than 48 students from 26 countries in the Davis UWC Scholars Program are currently enrolled at Luther.

The program is “above all, the vision and power of private philanthropy committed to the importance of fostering greater understanding among the world’s future decision makers—Americans and citizens of other nations,” stated Geier.

The program provides grants to partner schools for scholars from both the United States and from overseas who have proven themselves by completing their last two years of high school at a group of international schools called United World Colleges.

Since the founding of the first UWC in 1962, these schools have provided educational opportunities to students from nearly 175 countries.

 Geier holds the doctoral degree in American studies and history and the masters of arts degree from Syracuse University.  He holds the bachelor of arts degree from Williams College.

From 1970-72, Geier served as a U.S. Naval Officers before serving as instructor of history and American studies at Syracuse and later at Dickinson College.  He taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Paris for a year.  His service as an administrator includes acting executive director at the French-American Foundation in New York and associate director at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Geier served as vice president of World Learning Inc., 1982-93, as a member of the board of directors of the Fulbright Association, 1993-2002, and as president of United World College-USA, 1993-2005.

He currently serves on the global advisory board for the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College and the board of trustees of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  He heads Geier Consulting Services, a company that offers specialized advising to major philanthropists and leaders of education and other non-profit organizations at critical stages of considering strategic ideas and opportunities.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.