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Former U.S. Rep. Kennedy to head George Washington University grad program

Former Minnesota U.S. Rep.

Former Minnesota U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy is returning to Washington, this time as the head of an applied politics graduate program at George Washington University.

Kennedy will head the university’s Graduate School of Political Management starting Jan. 23, the school announced Monday. He’ll be the program’s first full-time program director since July 2010.

“The biggest challenges facing the world today are, ‘How do you solve the politics of reaching agreement?’ ” Kennedy told the Hatchet, the university’s student newspaper. “We’re going to work on something that will have a very meaningful impact on our future as the leading school in that field.”

George Washington University describes the Graduate School of Political Management as “the pioneer school in the nonpartisan study of political management and applied politics, offering graduate programs in political management, legislative affairs, strategic public relations and PAC management, as well as international programs in Latin America and Europe. The school educates students and professionals in the tools, principles and values of participatory democracy; preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national and local levels.”

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Kennedy, a Republican, served three terms in Congress, representing Minnesota’s 2nd (2001-2003) and 6th (2003-2007) Congressional Districts. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Amy Klobuchar in 2006.

Kennedy is currently the chairman and CEO of Chartwell Strategic Advisors and chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota, a position he will continue to hold even after moving to Washington, according to the school.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.