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Alumnus funds professorship and capstone in civil liberties

01/22/2013

Robert "Ron" Hall, a 1970 Miami University graduate and former student body president, has committed to endowing the Robert "Ron" Hall U.S. Civil Liberties Professorship within Miami's department of political science.

The professorship will be used to recruit or retain outstanding faculty members with impressive credentials to provide intellectual scholarship and leadership in the study of U.S. civil liberties. It will be funded through a planned bequest. Additionally, Hall has pledged an ongoing annual gift to create an undergraduate student enrichment fund that supports a senior capstone course and student projects on U.S. civil liberties.

“In my work on civil liberties issues, I encounter a lot of confusion about what civil liberties are and are not,” Hall said. “A lot of the ‘hot-button’ civil liberties issues out there are often misunderstood. If I can help Miami students gain a better understanding of our fundamental civil liberties, their importance, and their future in this country, that’s a goal I’m happy to support.”

Hall graduated from Miami with a bachelor’s degree in political science and spent 39 years in federal service, including four years as a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer and 24 years as editor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) employee news publication. He retired from the USDA in 2010 but remains engaged in civil liberties-based activities, including work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern Virginia.

“We are so grateful for this investment in our department’s students and faculty,” said Patrick Haney, interim chair of Miami’s department of political science. “Ron is not only leaving the far-reaching legacy of a professorship that will support future learning about the civil liberties, but he’s also providing immediate support to students who are working on civil liberties projects.”

Hall’s professorship is the 30th created at Miami since the start of The Miami University campaign For Love and Honor, which as the University’s most successful fundraising campaign has raised more than $470 million in support of Miami’s priorities.

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