Joseph Duffey
Joseph Daniel Duffey is an American
United States
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 academic, educator and political appointee.

He received an A.B. from Marshall University
Marshall University
Marshall University is a coeducational public research university in Huntington, West Virginia, United States founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States....

 in 1954, a B.D. from Andover Theological School
Andover Newton Theological School
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 in 1957, an S.T.M. from Yale University
Yale University
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 in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Hartford Seminary Foundation in 1969. From 1960 to 1970, Duffey was an assistant professor, then acting dean and associate professor, at Hartford Seminary
Hartford Seminary
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. He was also founder and director of the Center for Urban Studies there. In 1971 he was a fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Duffey was an adjunct professor at Yale University
Yale University
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 and a fellow at Calhoon College from 1971 to 1973. From 1974 to 1976, he was chief administrative officer and spokesman for the American Association of University Professors. He worked on the Carter-Mondale transition team in 1976 and 1977 and has been Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs since early 1977.

Dr. Duffey was the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
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 (1977-1982), and former assistant Secretary of State
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 for education and cultural affairs, and served as director of the United States Information Agency
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 from 1993 to 1999. Before that, he was president of American University
American University
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 (1991-1993) and chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system...


While he was chancellor at Amherst, he also served as president of the four-campus UMASS
University of Massachusetts
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 system. In 1970, he received over 20% of the delegate votes in the party's state convention, along with then State Senate President Edward Marcus, with nomination going to Alphonse Donahue of Staford. He overturned the results of the state convention in a three way primary. He finished second in a three-way race to Lowell Weicker, with Senator Dodd running as an independent. The incumbent
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 in that race, Thomas J. Dodd
Thomas J. Dodd
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, was the father of former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd
Christopher Dodd
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. Anne Wexler ran his 1970 campaign, and the two married in September 1974 after they had both divorced their respective spouses.

In 1978 and 1980, Duffey was a delegate to the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meetings in Paris and Belgrade. In 1991, he was joint head of the U.S. Delegation observing national elections in Ethiopia
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In 1990, the position of President of the entire UMass system was added to his responsibilities.

Dr. Duffey has written extensively on issues relating to higher education and social and economic policy. He holds 14 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities and in 1993 was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letter by Ritsumeikan University
Ritsumeikan University
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 in Japan. In 1980, he was named Commander of the Order of the Crown
Order of the Crown (Belgium)
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 by the King of Belgium. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
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 since 1979.


His second wife, Anne Wexler
Anne Wexler
Anne L. Wexler was an American influential Democratic political consultant, public policy advisor and later, the first woman to head a leading lobbying firm in Washington.-Early life and education:...

(1930-2009), was one of the top 10 lobbyists in the United States. They each had two sons from previous marriages. She died of cancer on August 7, 2009 at age 79.
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