Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female secretary of state, will deliver the commencement address May 13 at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chancellor James Moeser announced Wednesday.
Moeser chose Albright, the 64th secretary of state, in consultation with the university's commencement speaker selection committee. The committee, chaired by executive associate provost Steve Allred, is composed of an equal number of students and faculty.
"Dr. Albright was a unanimous and enthusiastic choice," Allred said. "She is a highly sought-after opinion maker and consultant on world affairs."
Albright participated in meetings at the White House this year to discuss U.S. foreign policy with Bush administration officials.
Student Body President James Allred, who nominated Albright to the selection committee, said he was thrilled Albright would participate in commencement.
"Carolina students are entering an increasingly global work force, and she can address students' interests in these areas," he said. "Global and immigrant issues will also be fresh on the minds of the Carolina student body because our summer reading book focused on these topics."
Before her appointment as secretary of state, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council.
After retiring as secretary of state, Albright published her memoir, “Madam Secretary” (2003), and “The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs” (2006). She is a professor at Georgetown University and a principal in The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm she founded in Washington, D.C.