Heads up, Penn students: You can try to get a class from ex-Vice President Joe Biden soon.
Penn announced today that the former Vice President/ the former cool uncle of the United States of America has been named “the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” and he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. The Ivy League school describes the center as “focused principally on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security.”
Biden’s professorship will hold joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication *and* the School of Arts and Sciences, with “a secondary affiliation” in the famed Wharton School of Business.
“At Penn, I look forward to building on the work that has been a central pillar of my career in public office: promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong,” Biden said in a statement. “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 America can continue to lead in the 21st Century.”
Biden served as a Democratic senator from Delaware for 36 years and, for part of that time, sat on and chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He went on to become the vice president under former President Barack Obama.
During his time as veep, Biden oversaw a massive stimulus package, led workplace initiatives, took on sexual assault on college campuses and became a meme.
Welcome to Philly, Joe.