By Alyssa Hurst, University of Denver News
In summer 1966, Marc B. Nathanson joined DU professor Robert Eckelberry on an adventure to Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and more, as part of a course on Scandinavian government. To this day, he considers the Norwegian fjords the most beautiful place on Earth.
Now he’ll have the opportunity to return to the country in a new capacity. Brother Nathanson, Iota of Phi Sigma Delta (University of Denver) 1967, recently was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to Norway. Though the appointment has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, Nathanson is honored to have been tapped and grateful to see his DU journey come full circle.
“It’s all because of the University of Denver,” he says, noting that his alma mater sparked his interest in both Norway and international relations more broadly.
Pending Senate confirmation, Nathanson looks forward to securing the relationship between the United States and its valued ally, Norway.
“What I plan to tell the senators at my hearing for confirmation on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is that the Kingdom of Norway is a critical NATO ally and a valued partner in promoting our shared values of democracy and common interest across the globe,” he says. “And if confirmed, I’m committed to strengthening this close cooperation between our government and the partnerships of our people.”
About Brother Nathanson
Marc B. Nathanson, 1967, is one of America’s leading communications entrepreneurs and a noted environmentalist. He founded Falcon Cable TV in 1975 and in 1999, he became vice chairman of Charter Communications. Today, he is chairman of Mapleton Investments, a holding company, and chairman emeritus of Falcon Water Technologies. He was chairman of the United States Agency for Global Media during the Clinton-Gore and Bush-Cheney Administrations. He was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 as representative to the Board of Governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu. Nathanson is the immediate past co-chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy and Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Brother Nathanson has been honored by several environmental organizations for his work on water conservation. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow. He was named ZBT’s Man of the Year in 2019.