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TitleInternational Peacebuilder Selected as Executive Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace &
ContactDenise Ward
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Milburn Line, an experienced peacebuilder with more than 15 years working in the field, has been selected as the new executive director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Line will take up the new post on Aug. 1, 2009.

Line was selected after a year-long search to find the second executive director of the 8-year-old IPJ. He will work in conjunction with the School of Peace Studies to put the School and the Institute on an international platform to foster peace and justice world-wide.

“In this search for the next executive director of the Institute for Peace & Justice, we sought to find someone who could lead the Institute as an international player in this field and expand upon the immense work already being done by our team,” said Father William Headley, C.S.Sp., dean of the School of Peace Studies. “We needed someone who could advocate for peace and justice in the far corners of the world, work to strengthen ties in global communities and bring that message home to our local constituents. We have found that and more in Milburn Line. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our team to continually develop programs that have an impact on the local community and beyond.”

Line returns to the United States after almost two decades of working in peacebuilding and human rights internationally.  Most recently he has been the director of the $37 million human rights project funded by USAID in Colombia.  There he provided overall strategic and administrative management of a program that worked on prevention, protection, public policy and civil society and victims’ right to truth, justice and reparations.  Prior to this, Line worked with the Club of Madrid, an organization that designed and managed programs for former heads of state and government to address democratization challenges with national authorities at the highest levels.

He has also worked on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including in Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, China, Georgia, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Serbia and Venezuela, among other places.   From 2001 to 2004, Line was the director of a USAID funded human rights and reconciliation program in Guatemala.  Line has also worked with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Catholic Relief Services in Bolivia and the Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights. This multitude of experience has prepared Line for the challenges of the IPJ.

“I think the accumulated experience of a variety of jobs, no single experience, prepares me for the work of IPJ,” Line said. “Working with local communities, human rights defenders and refugees in international missions in Bosnia and Guatemala; development projects with CRS; integrated human rights projects with USAID; efforts of the Club of Madrid to engage national authorities at the highest levels - all have been tremendous learning experiences that will help me think through issues and interventions for peace and justice.”

Line holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has done coursework at Wai Jiao Xue Yuan (Foreign Affairs College) in Beijing, and Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, and speaks functional Chinese and Serbo-Croatian.

About the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is beginning its ninth year of its mission to foster peace, cultivate justice, and create a safer world.  In 1998, Joan Kroc gave the University of San Diego $25 million to build the Institute and establish the conflict resolution and peacebuilding program with the request that this be a place “to make peace, not just talk about it.”  Early in 2003, Kroc gave $5 million for a Distinguished Lecture Series, which has created opportunities for heads of state, top United Nations officials and leaders of international non-government organizations to address the students and San Diego community at large.  In 2003, Kroc gave the university an additional $10 million for the Institute and its work and $40 million for the creation of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.   The IPJ is one of two institutes working under the auspices of the School of Peace Studies - the other being the Trans-Border Institute, which is focused on challenges and opportunities in this border region.


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