From Uncle Joe to Professor Biden

School leaders say they look forward to working with the former VP

What does a former vice president do once he leaves office?

In Joe Biden's case, venture into the world of higher education.

Since leaving his post as vice president, Biden has announced two higher ed initiatives: one at his alma mater, the University of Delaware (UD), and one at current president Donald Trump's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

At UD, Biden will serve as the founding chair of the new Biden Institute, which university officials explain will be "a research and policy center focused on developing public policy solutions on issues ranging from economic reform and environmental sustainability to civil rights, criminal justice, women's rights, and more."

Of his future work at UD, Biden said in a statement, "I look forward to working with a top notch policy staff at the Biden Institute to continue the hard work of developing public policy to benefit American families."

During his vice presidency, Biden was tough on colleges that did a poor job addressing sexual assault

At Penn, Biden will take on the role of the Benjamin Franklin presidential practice professor, in which he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, based in Washington, D.C.

Penn officials say the new center will be "focused principally on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security."

Amy Gutmann, Penn's president, said of Biden, "His unsurpassed understanding of diplomacy and far-ranging grasp of world issues make him an ideal fit to further Penn's global engagement" (McCaskill, Politico, 2/7). 

Biden's wife, Jill, is also a supporter of higher ed initiatives


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