Freedom Forum names 4 new trustees
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Freedom Forum has named four new trustees, including two
former majority leaders of the U.S. Senate.
All four were elected on June 15 by the Freedom Forum Board of Trustees
meeting at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. They are:
- Former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. of Huntsville, Tenn., who was the Senate
Republican majority leader from 1981 to 1985 and more recently was the U.S.
ambassador to Japan.
- Former Senator Tom Daschle of Aberdeen, S.D., who was the Senate Democratic
majority leader in January 2001 and again from June 2001 to January 2003 and now
is a special policy adviser in the law firm Alston & Bird.
- Wilma Mankiller of Stilwell, Okla., former principal chief of the Cherokee
- Kenneth A. Paulson of Arlington, Va., editor of USA TODAY.
Both Baker and Mankiller have been awarded the Presidential Medal of
“We are delighted with the election of these four outstanding people,” said
Charles L. Overby, chairman, chief executive officer and president of the
Freedom Forum. “Their diverse backgrounds and thoughtful perspectives will add
richness and depth to the ongoing decisions that are necessary to guide the
Freedom Forum and its programs into the future.”
The Freedom Forum’s largest funded program is the Newseum, a museum of news
under construction at 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The
$400 million dollar project is expected to open in 2007.
Baker was appointed ambassador to Japan by President George W. Bush in 2001
and served until February 2005. He then rejoined the law firm that his
grandfather had founded, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, and
where he formerly practiced with his father, Howard H. Baker, who also served in
Congress. The former senator is senior counsel to the firm focusing on public
policy and international matters.
Baker also was President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff from 1987 to 1988.
Baker represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1967 to 1985. Besides being
majority leader of the U.S. Senate, he served as minority leader from 1977 to
Daschle served as a congressman and senator from South Dakota for more than
25 years. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and served four
terms. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate and served three terms, including
more than one and a half years as Senate majority leader and eight and a half
years as Senate minority leader. In 2004, he lost his Senate seat to former U.S.
Rep. John Thune in a close race. As a non-attorney at Alston & Bird, Daschle
specializes in advising clients on financial issues, health care, energy,
telecommunications, taxes, trade and international matters.
In 1983, Mankiller was elected deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation and in
1987 she was elected principal chief. She was the first woman elected to either
position. In 1991, Mankiller was re-elected principal chief. During her
leadership years, she oversaw the establishment of several health clinics, a Job
Corps Center and expanded services for children and youth. Mankiller is the
author of several books, including Every Day Is a Good Day, published in
2004. She has received many national and international awards and more than a
dozen honorary doctorate degrees.
Paulson, a law school graduate who pursued a career as a journalist, has been
editor of USA TODAY since April 2004. He had been an editor and a
reporter at several Gannett newspapers before joining the Freedom Forum in 1996
as senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center.
Paulson served as special assistant/chief of staff to former Gannett Chairman
Allen H. Neuharth from 1986 to 1988. While at the First Amendment Center,
Paulson was an adjunct professor at the Vanderbilt Law School. He is a member of
the Illinois and Florida bars.
Roxana Rivera, 703/284-3761