Harold Ford Jr. to teach at University of Texas - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Harold Ford Jr. to teach at University of Texas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former U.S. representative from Memphis and 2006 Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. has been named a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ford's appointment to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is the latest in a growing resume that includes teaching at Vanderbilt University, leading the Democratic Leadership Council and serving as a vice president at investment firm Merrill Lynch.

The former five-term congressman will conduct classes for the school's American Politics and Policy Seminars as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor, named after the first black woman from the South to be elected to the United States Congress.

"Clearly, Harold Ford matches her commitment to public service as a mentor, an educator and a leader for a new generation," said James Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School.

"I'm so proud and honored to be associated with such a towering legacy, such a soaring patriot and an unending believer in the goodness of America to do good for all," Ford said in a release.

Ford, who reportedly is also looking at a possible run to become Tennessee's next governor, recently announced his engagement to girlfriend Emily Threlkeld.

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