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Dr. Patrick Griffin ' 71 to Discuss Presidential-Congressional Relations in Guarini Center Lecture

Friday, January 20, 2006  
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Jersey City – Dr. Patrick J. Griffin ’71, a partner in the Washington, D.C. management consulting firm of Griffin Williams Critical Point Management, will deliver the first address in the Guarini Center Lecture Series at Saint Peter’s College on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 11 a.m. in McIntyre Hall.


“We look forward to Mr. Griffin’s discussion and analysis of how the policies of the White House are implemented on Capitol Hill, given shifts in politics and public opinion,” said Dr. Ken Mitchell, a political science professor and executive director of the Guarini Center.


Griffin, who served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Clinton Administration, will discuss the Evolving Nature of Presidential-Congressional Relations: Navigating the Presidential Agenda through Congress.   In this capacity, Griffin worked directly with the President, Cabinet Members and other Senior Officials in the Administration and Congress, advising them on legislative initiatives, policy issues, treaty negotiations and confirmation hearings.  He also served as senior policy advisor to two Senate Democratic Leaders, Senator Robert C. Byrd and Senator Tom Daschle.


Griffin is also the Academic Director for the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute in the School of Government at American University.  He earned a Ph.D. in Education, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Affairs and Policy. Griffin has 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the private sector as an advisor to many Fortune 500 companies.


Established in 1994 by former New Jersey Congressman Frank Guarini, the Guarini Center aims to provide a non-partisan forum for discussion and analysis of key public policy issues and to encourage careers in public service among today’s students. Members of the general public are invited to attend Mr. Griffin’s talk. The lecture begins at 11 a.m. and includes a question and answer session.

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