March 1, 2004
The Board of Directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (“EPPC”) is pleased to announce the appointment of M. Edward Whelan III as President. Mr. Whelan will join EPPC on March 22.
“We are very pleased that Ed Whelan will be EPPC’s new President,” said the Board’s Chairman, Amb. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who emphasized that “his rich and varied background will enhance the Center’s work. We are confident that he has the experience and ability to be an effective leader.”
Mr. Whelan has served in positions of responsibility in all three branches of the federal government. For the past 2-1/2 years, Mr. Whelan has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. He formerly served as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. And before that he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Whelan graduated with honors in 1981 from Harvard College and received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985.
“I have long admired the work of the Ethics and Public Policy Center,” Mr. Whelan said. “Through its superb scholars, EPPC has had an influential voice on important public policy issues over the years. I am eager to do my best to continue and enhance that tradition.”
Mr. Whelan, 43, lives with his wife Deborah and their three young children in Arlington, Virginia. He succeeds former President Hillel Fradkin, who heads EPPC’s program on Islam and American Democracy.
The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues. Its programs include research, writing, publication, and conferences. See www.eppc.org.