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Paulson Goes Back to School

By Ed O'Keefe
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Former Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson is headed to the classroom.

Former Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson will get only a few days rest from handling the financial crisis before he starts his new job. Paulson is set to join the faculty of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies next week as a distinguished visiting scholar.

“We are so honored that Secretary Paulson has chosen to come to SAIS,” SAIS Dean Jessica P. Einhorn said in a statement announcing the move. “His record of achievement in the private sector and his leadership in the public sector during these extraordinary times make him the ideal visitor to our school." Einhorn and JHU president William R. Brody both cited Paulson's experience with global finance issues as a key reason for hiring him. (See the full news release after the jump.)

Paulson served as CEO of Goldman Sachs from 1999 until 2006, when he became the Bush administration's third treasury secretary. He joins a faculty stocked with White House and government veterans, including Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former acting CIA director John McLaughlin.

Lindsay Veldeon, Treasury's former deputy executive secretary, will serve as Paulson's chief of staff at SAIS.

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Former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. Joins JHU SAIS as Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Washington, D.C.—January 21, 2009— Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. is joining the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as a distinguished visiting scholar.

Paulson, who served since July 2006 as the 74th Treasury secretary, plans to arrive at SAIS on January 29, where he will be a fellow at the Bernard Schwartz Forum on Constructive Capitalism, an initiative led by Francis Fukuyama, director of the school’s International Development Program.

“I am pleased to join an institution as prestigious as SAIS, and I look forward to engaging with the many accomplished scholars there,” said Paulson.

“We are so honored that Secretary Paulson has chosen to come to SAIS,” said SAIS Dean Jessica P. Einhorn. “His record of achievement in the private sector and his leadership in the public sector during these extraordinary times make him the ideal visitor to our school. Secretary Paulson has been extensively engaged with global finance and with China—just two of the many critical areas in which his experience can enhance our students’ learning and studies.”

From 1999 until he became Treasury secretary, Paulson was chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs, where he spent 32 years. Early in his career, he held government positions at the White House and Department of Defense. Paulson received his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Secretary Paulson to SAIS and to Johns Hopkins,” said Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody. “He is, of course, an acknowledged expert on the workings of the global financial system. His long experience in the private and public sectors and his front-line leadership role in the government’s response to the current financial crisis will make him an extraordinary resource to our faculty and students. We look forward to benefitting from his knowledge.”

Lindsay Valdeon, who served as deputy executive secretary at Treasury, will be joining Paulson at SAIS as his chief of staff.

SAIS is one of the country’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located along Embassy Row in Washington’s Dupont Circle area, the school enrolls more than 580 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 15,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. SAIS also has campuses in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
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Posted by: Rivery | January 21, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

An elite school hiring an elitist to teach students. How ironic that the man who engineered and directed the failure of the bailout is now going to teach others. We should be frightened. We do not need any more Paulsens. We need people who believe in Internaional and National monetary policy based on sound financial principals. I believe that sometimes someone gets a reputation for being brilliant when all they are is sneaky and underhanded. When you look for a way to make profits that are based on anything other than sound fiscal and monetary policy, when the undelying investments make no sense, but you keep promoting them anyway, you should not be head of anything and you certainly should not be teaching others.

Posted by: grandmommyjune | January 22, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I thought perhpas the article was going to say that Paulson was going to school to study management, finance and economics, the tenants of which he apparently forgot during his tenure a Treasury.

Posted by: sfeinman | January 22, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Keep him as a "visitor," and please keep him away from your endowments. Look what he did with our's.

Posted by: bulldog6 | January 23, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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