Friday in Washington, former Congressman Jim Marshall was installed as the new President of the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Macon's former mayor officially became the fourth president of the little known organization, which was established by Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
The USIP streamed the swearing-in ceremony live online.
In July, following the announcement of his appointment, Marshall joined 13WMAZ's Leah Johnson in the studio for an interview. Asked how the USIP opportunity came up, he said, after teaching for a year at Princeton, a friend nominated him for the position.
"Basically, I had lots of offers but I was hoping to find something I'd really love to do," he said.
Marshall is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Army Ranger Hall of Fame. He's a former Mercer Law professor and represented the Macon area in Congress as a Democrat for eight years.
He lost his bid for re-election in 2010.
According to their website, the Institute of Peace is "the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence."