UF snags UT scholar to lead Hamilton Center

The University of Florida announced a 15-member presidential search committee on Tuesday.

A leading foreign policy analyst and historian is headed to Gainesville to lead UF’s Hamilton Center, according to a university announcement on Monday. Dr. William Inboden will become director of the Hamilton Center after serving as a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and as the founding director of the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin for the past decade.

“Dr. Inboden is an outstanding scholar and teacher,” UF President Ben Sasse said in a statement. “The Hamilton Center is an important part of UF’s interdisciplinary commitment to rigorous scholarship, to excellent teaching, and to intellectual diversity. The Hamilton Center is uniquely positioned with Dr. Inboden at the helm.”

While building the Clements Center, Inboden built it into a leading multi-disciplinary academic center focused on history, strategy and statecraft. His responsibilities included sponsoring programs and classes, recruiting scholars and raising over $70 million from public and private sources, according to a UF press release.

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“I am overjoyed to lead the Hamilton Center,” Inboden in a statement. “The mission of the Hamilton Center—of research and teaching on the knowledge, skills, and values that undergird a free society—could not be more vital in our present moment. It is my goal for the Hamilton Center to become a helpful resource for all Gator students and faculty, and a valued addition to one of the most diverse and dynamic universities in the nation.”

According to UF, Inboden has received recognition as a “Texas 10” by the Texas Exes Alumni Association and as “Lecturer of the Year” at the LBJ School. Students have voted his classes “Presidential Decision-making in National Security” and “Ethics and International Affairs” have been voted as “Best Class in the LBJ School” and “Class Most Likely to Challenge Your Assumptions.”

Inboden and Sasse share some biographical similarities. Both have a Ph.D. from Yale in history and both served in the administration of President George W. Bush—Inboden as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council at the White House. Like Sasse, Inboden has also been critical of former President Donald Trump on foreign policy matters.

Inboden is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His commentary has appeared in many national outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, BBC and more.

UF launched the Hamilton Center last year with a mission to “help students develop the knowledge, habits of thought, analytical skills, and character to be citizens and leaders in a free society,” according to the UF website. In the university’s press release, Sasse and Inboden praised the work of Dr. John Stinneford, who launched the Hamilton Center for Classic and Civic Education last year.

“We want to thank Dr. John Stinneford, the founding director of the Hamilton Center, for his tireless work,” Sasse said. “I’m grateful for all his contributions to the University and thrilled that he will continue as a Senior Fellow at Hamilton when he returns to teaching.”

The UF release said Stinneford had asked to return to the faculty of the Levin College of Law.

“I have loved my time helping get the Hamilton Center off the ground, but as a professor my first loves are teaching and research,” Stinneford said in a statement. “I look forward to returning to them full-time.”

Since its launch last year, the Hamilton Center has hired nine tenured or tenure-track faculty and developed six undergraduate courses.

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Ask them how much he’s being paid. That should still be a public record.