Editorial: Lugar's academy fitting next step

The Tribune

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will leave the Capitol at the end of the year, but that won’t be the end of a stellar career in public service. Rather, the Hoosier statesman will shift his focus to a much younger audience.

Lugar is starting a Washington, D.C., internship program with the University of Indianapolis called the Richard G. Lugar Academy. He has also agreed to deliver three lectures each year as a distinguished professor at the southside university.

Lugar, 80, said the academy will focus on many of the issues he’s addressed in his 36-year Senate career, including weapons proliferation and global food shortages.

The question of Lugar’s post-Senate career has lingered since he was defeated in May after a grueling primary battle with the tea party-backed state treasurer Richard Mourdock. Lugar’s name arose as a possible choice to replace the departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but aides quickly nixed that idea.

Lugar has traveled the globe promoting nuclear nonproliferation and was most recently awarded the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for his work with former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.

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