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Political strategist Mary Matalin accepts visiting lecturer position

Loyola press release - November 8, 2011

Mary Matalin, well-known Republican political consultant and New Orleans resident, has accepted an appointment as a visiting distinguished lecturer in political science at Loyola University New Orleans. She will work with Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., to develop public lectures and discussions with national speakers on current issues facing the nation.

Loyola’s Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society is planning to work with Matalin in the spring on a talk to explore the current political climate in the U.S. and its effect on jobs.

“I look forward to talking with students and faculty at Loyola about important and timely issues facing our city and our nation, as well as having some hearty dialogue and discussion on these topics,” Matalin said.

Wildes welcomes the strengths and unique perspective Matalin brings to the university.

“Part of our mission is to bring intellectual and spiritual resources to bear on important issues for the benefit of the larger community. In exploring these issues with us and sharing her unique experience and background, I know Mary will help us foster important public discussion and lively debate.”

Matalin has worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She formerly held the White House positions of assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Matalin served as the deputy campaign manager for political operations during President George H.W. Bush's 1992 reelection campaign, and as a strategist for his 1988 campaign. She also was chief of staff for the Republican National Committee.

Matalin currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, and has been a political contributor to CNN since 2009. She was formerly a host of CNN’s Crossfire, CNBC’s Equal Time and The Mary Matalin Show for the CBS Talk Radio Network. Currently, she can be heard on Both Sides Now, which she co-hosts with Ariana Huffington and Mark Green and can be heard weekly on various stations throughout the country.

Matalin is also a co-chair for the Super Bowl 2013 committee and a member of the board of directors for Academy of the Sacred Heart and the Louisiana Water Institute.