Friday, May 9, 2014
It is with nearly inexpressible joy that I welcome the news that Daniel I. Mark of Villanova University has been appointed by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Professor Mark is an outstanding young scholar of legal and political philosophy. I am proud to say that he was my student at Princeton both as an undergraduate and a Ph.D. candidate. The formal oral defense of his doctoral dissertation, which was on the justification and nature of legal and political authority, was the most brilliant I have witnessed in twenty-nine years of teaching. As a student, Daniel was a leader of the campus pro-life and pro-marriage groups, as well as President of the Center for Jewish Life. He was a tremendous force for good on our campus. As Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I look forward to introducing Daniel to his new colleagues and working with him to advance the cause of religious liberty across the globe. Speaker Boehner has made a splendid choice. Kudos to him. Bravo to Daniel.