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Joseph Daniel Duffey (born July 1, 1932) is an American academic, educator and political appointee.


His second wife, Anne Wexler (1930–2009), was one of the top 10 lobbyists in the United States. They each had two sons from previous marriages. She died of cancer on August 7, 2009 at age 79.

Life and career

Duffey was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He received an A.B. from Marshall University in 1954, a B.D. from Andover Theological School in 1957, an S.T.M. from Yale University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Hartford Seminary Foundation in 1969. From 1960 to 1970, Duffey was an assistant professor, then acting dean and associate professor, at Hartford Seminary. He was also founder and director of the Center for Urban Studies there. In 1971 he was a fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Duffey was an adjunct professor at Yale University and a fellow at Calhoon College from 1971 to 1973. From 1974 to 1976, he was chief administrative officer and spokesman for the American Association of University Professors. He worked on the Carter-Mondale transition team in 1976 and 1977 and has been Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs since early 1977.Quoted from SourceWatch, a free encyclopedia licenced under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Dr. Duffey was the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1977–1982), and former assistant Secretary of State for education and cultural affairs, and served as director of the United States Information Agency from 1993 to 1999. Before that, he was president of American University (1991–1993) and chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1982–1991).

While he was chancellor at Amherst, he also served as president of the four-campus University of Massachusetts system. In 1970, he received over 20% of the delegate votes in the party's state convention, along with then State Senate President Edward Marcus, with nomination going to Alphonse Donahue of Staford. He overturned the results of the state convention in a three way primary. He finished second in a three-way race to Lowell Weicker, with Senator Dodd running as an independent. The incumbent in that race, Thomas J. Dodd, was the father of former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd. Anne Wexler ran his 1970 campaign, and the two married in September 1974 after they had both divorced their respective spouses.Martin, Douglas. , The New York Times, August 8, 2009. Accessed August 8, 2009.

In 1978 and 1980, Duffey was a delegate to the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meetings in Paris and Belgrade. In 1991, he was joint head of the U.S. Delegation observing national elections in Ethiopia.

In 1990, the position of President of the entire UMass system was added to his responsibilities. University of Massachusetts Amherst website

Dr. Duffey has written extensively on issues relating to higher education and social and economic policy. He holds 14 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities and in 1993 was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letter by Ritsumeikan University in Japan. In 1980, he was named Commander of the Order of the Crown by the King of Belgium. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1979.

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