Goucher College President Sanford J. Ungar has been selected by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, to serve a three-year term on the Public Interest Declassification Board. Created under the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000, the board was established by Congress to reduce the amount of government information that is kept classified.
Ungar was recommended by Senate staff members who are familiar with his journalism career, particularly his reporting on the legal battle to publish the Pentagon Papers.
The goal of the Public Interest Declassification Board is to promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough and accurate record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities; its members also advise the president about issues pertaining to national classification and declassification policy.
The board is made up of nine members — the president selects five of these members, and the speaker and minority leader of the House as well as the majority and minority leaders of the Senate each choose one member. Members are selected from the public sector and must be U.S. citizens who are top scholars within the fields of archives, foreign policy, history, intelligence policy, law, national security, or social science.