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Former Congressman Jim Marshall
Assumes Office of President of United States Institute of Peace

by Amanda Smith

United States Institute of Peace

Former Congressman and Macon mayor Jim Marshall has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. Marshall will begin leading the organization on September 14, 2012. Marshall will earn approximately $185,000 annually; his salary as a Congressman was approximately $174,000 a year; the organization reported an annual operating budget of $39.5 million for the year 2011.

USIP is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. The organization works to save lives, increase the government's ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs and enhance national security. In Iraq, the tribal reconciliation USIP mediated in Mahmoudiya and served as the model for the U.S. reconciliation strategy that dramatically reduced American military and Iraqi civilian casualties, as reported by TIME magazine. "Over the next six months Iraqi civilian deaths in the area fell 75 percent--from 1,200 per month to 300 per month; while US military deaths fell from a dozen per month to zero." (TIME, 19 October 2007)

Marshall left Princeton University after the Tet Offensive in 1968 to volunteer for infantry combat in Vietnam, where he served as an Airborne-Ranger reconnaissance platoon sergeant, was wounded and decorated. He received numerous military awards and recognitions. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

After his tour in Vietnam, Marshall returned to Princeton where he was a University Scholar and graduated in 1972. He then taught high school and founded a successful logging business before attending law school at Boston University. After law school, he moved to Macon, Georgia, where he clerked for two federal judges and became a law professor at Mercer University. For the next 16 years, in addition to numerous civic roles, Marshall taught, wrote about and actively practiced business law, advising companies and individuals on commercial, insolvency, property, and financial issues. He served as President of the Macon Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia.

As Mayor of Macon, Marshall oversaw 17 departments, two airports and 1,300 plus employees from 1995 to 1999. During that time, he was elected to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors and co-chaired the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.

Democrat Marshall represented Georgia's 8th District as a Congressman from 2002 until 2011, serving on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committee. He also chaired the Air Force Caucus, the Financial Markets Caucus and the Balanced Budget Caucus, as well as West Point’s Board of Visitors.

"It is with great pleasure and strong confidence that we appoint Jim Marshall to be the fourth president of the United States Institute of Peace," said J. Robinson West, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Jim brings a rich, diverse background to the Institute that the Board found very attractive. As a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Jim has experienced firsthand the dire consequences of violent conflict. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he carefully navigated a course through the choppy waters of partisanship to build a solid record of bi-partisanship."
Amanda Smith
Jim Marshall
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