Biden seals partnership with University of Delaware
As Presidential Practice Professor, Biden will hold joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences, and he will also be affiliated with Wharton, Penn’s business school.
But Biden isn’t slated to teach any classes at either Penn or UD, spokespeople for both universities said. They declined to comment on the cost of their respective initiatives or if Biden will draw a salary from one or both universities.
Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said the universities will fully fund the efforts.
“I don’t have any further detail to share on cost or salary at this time,” she said.
UD spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said no state funds would be used for the Biden Institute and that UD is “exploring fundraising opportunities and activities” to pay for it. She declined to elaborate.
Biden and his family also have a long history at Penn. His late son, Beau, daughter Ashley, and granddaughter, Naomi, are all Penn graduates. In 2013, Joe Biden received an honorary degree from Penn and was the commencement speaker.
Biden said in a statement that he looks forward to collaborating with Penn on “promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong.
“The Penn Biden Center and I will be engaging with Penn’s wonderful students while partnering with its eminent faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and impact the national debate about how American can continue to lead in the 21st Century,” he said.
In another indication that Biden is not slowing down, last week he launched a separate Biden Foundation to further his legacy, from fighting cancer and violence against women to supporting soldiers and their families. Former Delaware senator and Biden aide Ted Kaufman will lead the initiative, along with Valerie Biden Owens.
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