Philip Lader, former United States Ambassador and Assistant to President William Jefferson Clinton, will deliver the Commencement address at Hiram College on May 10.
Lader served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from 1997-2001. Confirmed three times by the U.S. Senate without dissent, he was a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director for Management of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Lader has held the presidency of two institutions, Winthrop University in South Carolina, and Bond University, Australia’s first private university. Winthrop University received the national gold medal for “general improvement in programs” from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education during Lader’s presidency.
In 1981, Lader, along with his wife, Linda, founded the Renaissance Weekends program which attracts leaders from diverse backgrounds. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, earned his M.A. in American History from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. The Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce awarded Lader the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal for his contributions to trans-Atlantic relations. He received the Rotary International Foundation’s 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award.