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Moynihan Takes University Position

December 12, 2000

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the author, former ambassador and adviser to four presidents, is going back to school after he leaves the Senate.

Moynihan, 73, has accepted a faculty position with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, university officials said Tuesday. The senator will lecture, tutor and hold seminars, Syracuse spokesman Kevin Morrow said.

Moynihan was on the faculty at the Maxwell School from 1959 to 1961, before taking a position in the Labor Department during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He later taught urban studies at Harvard University.

Moynihan, the former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was considered a safe bet for a fifth term, but decided against running for re-election in 2000. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the seat.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., Moynihan grew up in the rough Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. At Tufts University in Massachusetts, Moynihan earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

President Nixon named Moynihan ambassador to India in 1973 and President Ford tapped him as ambassador to the United Nations in 1975. He was first elected to the Senate the following year. He has been known for lofty oratory that often includes detailed histories of whatever program or institution is being debated.

Moynihan’s new title will be university professor, the highest faculty rank at Syracuse, said John L. Palmer, the school’s dean.

Moynihan will continue living in Washington and commute regularly to upstate New York.

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