Trenton, New Jersey (AP) -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is returning to his alma mater, Princeton University, to teach courses on government health policy, the university said Tuesday.
Frist, a practicing physician, has been appointed as a visiting professor for the 2007-2008 academic year, and will serve as a lecturer at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The 55-year-old Frist will teach a graduate course at the Wilson School on health policy during the fall semester, and an undergraduate course on a similar subject in the spring.
"His years of experience in public service as a doctor and as a leader in the U.S. Senate make him an ideal practitioner-professor," said Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Wilson School.
Princeton wouldn't disclose whether Frist is receiving any pay for the lecturing job.
Frist said in a Princeton news release that he hoped to "bridge the practical and the theoretical" while teaching students.
Frist served in the Senate from Tennessee from 1995 until January this year. Fellow Republicans elected him majority leader in 2002. Frist's retirement came at the same time the GOP lost control of the Senate.
Frist has joined another former Senate majority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle, to co-chair an initiative to highlight global health and extreme poverty as foreign policy priorities in the 2008 presidential election.
A 1974 graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School, where he studied health care policy and international relations, Frist has long been a booster of the university and previously served as a university trustee.
His family gave millions to Princeton for its Frist Campus Center. Frist earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1978.
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