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American Government Expert Matthew Holden Jr. To Speak At Fall Convocation

Sept. 22, 1999 -- Matthew Holden Jr., the Doherty Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and a leading authority on public policy and American government, will deliver U.Va.'s 1999 Fall Convocation address on Friday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m.

The annual Lawn ceremony, which officially opens Family Weekend, will honor undergraduate students who have earned grade-point averages of 3.4 or higher during their first two years at U.Va.

The Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor, also will be presented. The event is open to the public.

Holden, who recently ended his term as president of the American Political Science Association, is the author or editor of numerous books, including "Continuity and Disruption: Essays in Public Administration," which won the National Conference of Black Political Scientists Outstanding Book Award.

An expert on utilities regulation, he is a former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. He also has recently served on the U.S. Department of Energy's Task Force on Electric System Reliability, a 21-member committee charged with providing recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on the reliability of electricity systems in the United States.

He has written numerous articles on urban politics, ethnicity and race relations, decision-making and American politics, and he has spoken on constitutional issues in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Currently the editor of National Political Science Review, Holden has taught at U.Va. since1981. He received his bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University and his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Northwestern University. Before coming to U.Va., he taught at Wayne State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Family Weekend also includes the University Forum, a public address by President John T. Casteen III, followed by a public question-and-answer session with U.Va. administrators. The forum will take place Oct. 23 from, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Cabell Hall Auditorium.

For more information about Family Weekend, visit the website at www.virginia.edu/~family. For an electronic photograph of Matthew Holden, Jr. contact Katherine Jackson at (804) 924-3629 or ktj@virginia.edu.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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