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Florida President Reflects on Thatcher's Impact, Legacy

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Dr. Tom Duncan shared insight as to why Thatcher was a pivotal force in the promotion of a free-market economy with viewers of WPEC, South Florida's CBS affiliate.
Dr. Tom Duncan

Dr. Tom Duncan

April 11, 2013

As news quickly spread regarding the death of Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Northwood University President Tom Duncan shared thoughts with South Florida media.

Characterized by the United Kingdom's The Guardian as "the most dominant British prime minister since Winston Churchill in 1940 and a global champion of the late 20th century free market economic revival," Duncan agreed.

"Margaret Thatcher was one of the great political figures of the 20th Century," said President Duncan. "She brought her nation back from economic downturn and national despair," he continued. "Her decision to defend the Falkland Islands brought out the latent patriotism of the British people, and elevated her stature among her countrymen and gave her the political capital to move forward her larger political and economic agenda," noted Duncan.

Born in Grantham, England, a small market town on October 13, 1925, Thatcher, a grocer's daughter, rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. Known as the Iron Lady because of her uncompromising political beliefs and leadership style, she won three successive general elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years, a record unmatched in the twentieth century. Thatcher passed away at the age of 87.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.