Special Programs

Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs

The Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs honors Senator Case by bringing prominent and respected public servants to meet with students and deliver public remarks at Rutgers.

About the Case Professorship of Public Affairs

Over 34 years representing New Jersey in the United States Congress, Senator Clifford P. Case “consistently put principle above politics” and earned “the deserved reputation of having a profound sense of integrity.” In recognition of that distinguished career, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted in 1980 to establish the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, which honors Senator Case by bringing to the Rutgers campus prominent and respected public servants.

Clifford P. Case Professors of Public Affairs

  • Hillary Clinton (2018)
  • George Mitchell (2015)
  • Olympia Snowe (2013)
  • Lee H. Hamilton (2011)
  • Chuck Hagel (2010)
  • Paul S. Sarbanes (2008)
  • Thomas H. Kean (2005)
  • Alan Simpson (1999)
  • William J. Hughes (1997)
  • Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (1996)
  • Barber B. Conable, Jr. (1992)
  • Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1991)
  • Nancy Kassebaum (1989)
  • William Fulbright (1988)
  • Walter F. Mondale (1987)
  • Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (1986)
  • Edmund S. Muskie (1985)
  • Richard F. Fenno, Jr. (1984)
  • Gerald R. Ford (1983)

About Senator Clifford P. Case (1904-1982)

Clifford Case graduated from Rutgers University with an A.B. degree in 1925 and from Columbia University with an LL.B. degree in 1928. He practiced law in New York City from 1928 to 1953 with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

“…he consistently put principle above politics” and earned “the deserved reputation of having a profound sense of integrity.”

Case was first elected to office as a member of the Rahway Common Council from 1938 to 1942. He served in New Jersey’s General Assembly from 1943 to 1944. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1944 from what was then the Sixth New Jersey District (Union County) and served in the House until 1953. He resigned from the House in 1953 to assume the presidency of the Fund for the Republic. In 1954, Case won his Senate seat as an anti-McCarthy Republican. Re-elected in 1960, 1966, and 1972, he served on the Committee on Foreign Relations (where he rose to ranking minority member), the Appropriations Committee, the Board of the Office of Technology Assessment, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe. A champion of civil liberties, Senator Case was known for his willingness to stand up for matters of conscience. He spoke out against Senator McCarthy, opposed the Vietnam War, and was a strong supporter of civil rights, Israel, and the labor movement.

Senator Case is also honored on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus in the Clifford P. Case Seminar Room in Alexander Library, where a permanent exhibit features furniture, photographs, and memorabilia.