Longtime St. Louis Professor Elected President Of African Country

Peter Mutharika, the new president of Malawi, was one of the first black professors at Washington University, where he taught contract law, international commercial law and other courses for nearly 40 years before retiring three years ago. Unknown to many of his colleagues and students, Mutharika spent his years in academia also biding his time and quietly working behind the scenes to influence the future of his native African country more than 8,600 miles away. On Saturday, Mutharika, now 74, shocked many of his former colleagues and students when he was officially named the southeastern African country’s president after a tumultuous election that took more than a week to resolve.

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