Vice President Joe Biden will visit Salve Regina University on August 22 to honor Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, and to inaugurate a leadership program at the university to be named for Mrs. Pell.
Called the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service, the program will support leadership opportunities for Salve Regina students. The university and the Pell family have a long association; Salve Regina has a Pell center named for the late Sen. Pell and Mrs. Pell has been a college trustee.
The Pell Center is a research center focused on the intersection of politics, policy and ideas. Dedicated to Sen. Pell’s legacy, the center promotes American engagement in the world, effective government in the U.S. and civic participation by Americans. Sen. Pell, a Democrat, was the author of the Pell Grant college financing program and served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In a career that began with his first election to the Senate in 1960, he never lost an election and retired when he decided against a 1996 reelection campaign.
Sen. Pell served for many years in the Senate with Biden, a Delaware Democrat. Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is slated to attend the event at Ochre Court.