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Bob Edgar, a 1965 Lycoming graduate, has been honored by The Nonprofit Times in its annual "Power & Influence Top 50" listing of nonprofit executives.
Edgar is the president and CEO of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.
The list celebrates some of the nonprofit sector's top executives and strategists. Edgar is in good company, appearing along with leaders such as Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. This is the fourth time Edgar has received the recognition.
Edgar has led Common Cause since 2007, arriving there with a long history of leadership and public service that includes 12 years in Congress. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, and during six terms he led efforts to improve public transportation, fought wasteful water projects and authored the community Right to Know provision of Super Fund legislation. He served on the committee that investigated the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy and also served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, working on issues involving Agent Orange and readjustment counseling to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
Edgar was the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S. for seven years before arriving at Common Cause. He is the author of "Middle Church," a call to progressive people of faith to take back the moral high ground from the extremists and make America a better and less divided country.
In addition to a bachelor's in history from Lycoming, Edgar earned a Master of Divinity from the Theological School of Drew University and holds five honorary doctoral degrees.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic vigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.