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College Alum Named to Grads Made Good

Rodney Hero (’75, Political Science) has been chosen as one of the three FSU alumni to be honored as the university’s “Grads Made Good” for 2015.

A magna cum laude graduate of what was then called the Department of Government (now Political Science), Rodney went on to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University and forged a remarkable career as a scholar, teacher, and public servant. He has held professorships at Arizona State, Colorado, and Notre Dame and now holds the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of nine books and dozens of articles focusing on issues of local and state politics with particular attention to race and ethnicity. He currently serves as the president of the American Political Science Association, founded in 1903 and now numbering more than 10,000 members. Dr. Hero is the first FSU graduate to achieve this position and the association’s first Latino president.

Since 1974, the “Grads Made Good” program has been recognizing some of FSU’s most successful alumni. Every year, the FSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society chooses three Grads Made Good nominees to be recognized at the annual homecoming breakfast. The ceremony is put together by the National Collegiate Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and the FSU Alumni Association.