Terry Wright, MAC Constitution Day Speaker To Discuss “Citizenship Extended”

Posted on: September 10, 2013

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The Mount Aloysius theme for the 2013-2014 academic year is “The Common Good—Citizens in the 21st Century.”  Terry-Wright2

Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College invites the community to celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  Mr. Terry Wright, a longtime senior aide in the US Senate and a former aide to Vice President Joseph Biden will speak on, “The Common Good” in historic Alumni Hall.  The formal title of Mr. Wright’s address is, “Citizenship Extended—Public Service from The Nation to the Neighborhood.”

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the final time in Philadelphia to lend their signatures of the document they helped create.  Befitting the occasion, the Mount Aloysius community is looking forward to hearing a veteran public servant with more than 30 years of local, state and national service to his credit.  Mr. Terry Wright of Wilmington, Delaware will speak to the Mount Aloysius theme for the 2013-2014 academic year — “The Common Good—Citizens in the 21st Century.”

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley has known Terry Wright for much of his career.  Foley served as a legislative aide and counsel to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden early in his own career in public service and remembers Wright as an exceptional addition to Biden’s staff.   “Terry Wright is a true public servant,” said President Foley. “He spent his entire career out of the political limelight; opting instead to apply his considerable talents behind the scenes in research, administrative rigor and liaison work.  He is a much trusted man of enormous principle and talent.  In his decision to retire,” Foley added, “he continues to give back to his community in many ways and remains active and very engaged.

“We are looking forward to his visit to our campus and imagine it will be a highlight of the fall semester.  Terry Wright will deliver a public address in Alumni Hall and we will keep him very busy, engaging with students.  He is scheduled for several meals featuring informal discussions throughout a two-day visit with us.”

Foley noted that in the Senate, where many young staffer members stay for no more than a year or two, Mr. Wright stayed with Senator Biden for 27 years, encompassing a career that included virtually every aspect of Biden’s Senate tenure.  “Wright’s years in Washington immersed him in virtually every major public policy debate from the 1980s through the first decade of the 21st Century,” Foley said.

Foley noted that Mr. Terry Wright lives by a simple credo.  “Terry Wright believes that public service is part of the price we pay for living in a free society.  It’s optional, but if you don’t do it, who will?”

In 2004, at Senator’s Biden’s request, Wright moved back to Delaware where, in addition to all of his other responsibilities, he represented Senator Biden at a variety of community meetings around the state.  He made the decision to retire from the Senate after the successful 2008 election but continues to serve Vice President Biden, organizing his Senate Papers as they are turned over to the University of Delaware Library.

Wright was named by former Senator Ted Kaufman, Biden’s successor in the Senate, to Kaufman’s Service Academy Selection Committee, which interviews and nominates candidates seeking admission to The United States Military Academy at West Point; The United States Air Force Academy; The United States Naval Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Upon Senator Kaufman’s retirement, Delaware Congressman John Carney appointed Terry to the same role on his Service Academy review Board.

In 2011, he was appointed to serve on New Castle County, Delaware’s County Council Redistricting Commission, redrawing the County Council’s district lines, bringing them in compliance with the principle of “one person, one vote” in light of the demographic changes reflected in the 2010 Census. Terry Wright was one of the principal architects of the Commission’s redistricting plan.  He shepherded the plan to unanimous and bipartisan approval from both the Redistricting Commission and the New Castle County Council.

And when a civic-minded friend with a passion for history and a love of his community passed away and left a portion of his estate for local civic purposes, Mr. Wright created a non-profit organization he named the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council – EB100 for short – to fund grants for local history and community planning in northern Delaware. He currently serves as EB100’s first Chairman.