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Africa University Today — Winter 2019

Margaret J. McKelvey: A Life Dedicated to Public Service

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argaret J. McKelvey has always been interested in the world beyond the United States. Born and reared in Rochester, New York, she started learning French at the age of eight. Growing up in The United Methodist Church in the turbulent 1960’s shaped her world view, she says, and set her on the path to a life of public service. Margaret earned an undergraduate degree in French from Duke University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. After college, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, and thus began her 43-year career. Margaret served with the Peace Corps for two years in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Seven years as an operations and preparedness officer with the Office of U. S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development followed. She spent thirty-four

years with the U. S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, where she held the title of Director for Refugee Assistance in Africa. Margaret retired in September 2017. While working, Margaret visited 34 of the 55 nations of Africa, many of them multiple times. She saw first-hand the urgent need for education and good governance. Having visited Africa University in 2006 with a Volunteers in Mission team from Foundry United Methodist Church (Washington, DC), the institution’s potential caught her imagination. In 2017, as Africa University was preparing to launch a post-graduate degree program in migration, citizenship, and refugee protection, Margaret was inspired to endow a scholarship to provide support for students enrolled in the new program who are or have been refugees. “I hope that the graduates of the migration, citizenship, and refugee protection program will

be humane and powerful leaders in maintaining Africa’s longstanding edge in hospitality and generosity, serving both at home in their respective countries and as leaders in the international community,” said Margaret. Elaine Jenkins, Director of Planned Giving The AU Today is published by the Africa University Development Office, in partnership with the Office of Communications, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). For more information, contact the: Africa University Development Office P.O. Box 340007 Nashville, TN 37203-0007 Tel: Fax: Email:

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