Trump taps Haslam as Wilson Center chair

Then-Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at an event at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on Aug. 28, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

President Donald Trump is appointing former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as the chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center was founded in 1968 and describes itself as “the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.”

Haslam served as governor from 2011 to 2019.

Wilson Center board members are appointed to six-year terms. Haslam will succeed fellow former Republican Gov. Scott Walker as chair.

Walker took over following the death of businessman and GOP fundraiser Fred Malek last year. Malek was the finance chair of the Republican Governors Association from 2008 until his death. Haslam was elected chairman of the RGA in 2015 and 2018.

16 Responses to Trump taps Haslam as Wilson Center chair

  • James White says:

    Wilson was one of the Worse and Dangerous Presidents we have had. A big One-Worlder. Trump made a pretty good pick!

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  • LeeAnn C. says:

    I guess Haslam wasn’t busy doing anything else. Sounds like a worthless organization.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      Interesting. Found that the federal government support of the organization (1/3 of their budget) is being phased out. We’ve got a great president.

  • Norma Shirk says:

    Are there any actual scholars at this scholarly association or is it just a rest home for Republican has-beens with nothing better to do?

  • Protestors trying to erase Wilson now anyway. Looks like a good time to stamp out that history also

    • MARLE says:

      Statues are not necessary to remember history. So removing them is not about forgetting history. Anyone not know who Hitler was? No statues of Hitler in Germany nor any Musolini Boulevard in Rome.

      You people on both the left and right need to stop with this false notion.

  • Eddie White says:

    Just be patient. President Biden and Speaker Pelosi will take care of those statues that you are so offended by.

    • MARLE says:

      In case your comment was directed at me Eddie…I am Not offended by the statues. But your not going to convince anyone with a brain in their head that they need to be there to remember history. Try to come up with a reason that has merit. When you can remember Hitler without statues then your argument does not hold water.

      • Eddie White says:

        Yes, it is directed to you and the the others on the left who are offended by the statues of confederate and former presidents as demonstrated by your own comments( which of course I am sure we all misunderstood). And yes , President Biden and Speaker Pelosi will fix your complaints.

        • MARLE says:

          Ok, Eddie…..for the hundredth time I have NEVER voted for anyone other than a Rep for President of Senate or Congress in the last 50 years. How does that make me a Leftist

        • MARLE says:

          And as I said…..I am NOT offended by statues. I AM annoyed by arguments that are so lame that they they undermine, rather than advance, conservative points of view.

  • John Stewart says:

    The National Woodrow Center for Scholars is the nation’s principal memorial to Woodrow Wilson. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution and many outstanding scholars have pursued their research and writing there since 1968. It has been and so far as I know remains a non-partisan institution that has enjoyed a solid reputation. Those simply are the facts regardless of what snide remarks are made upon the announcement of Haslam’s appointment. Sadly, Wilson was a segregationist and that fact cannot be ignored today. But, as president, he also achieved passage of very important legislation under the banner of the New Freedom creating the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve, lower tariffs, protection of labor unions, opposing child labor, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of the League of Nations following World War I. He also was the first president to appear before Congress to deliver his State of the Union address. So before one attacks an institution, it’s not a bad idea to have some basic idea of the facts.

  • Eddie White says:

    Thank you John for the information. Maybe you could forward that to Princeton University who is ripping his name of everything on their campus.

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