Strother, who came to Northwestern from Port Arthur, Texasa on a track scholarship in the 1950s, has long been considered one of the nation’s leading political advisers and has served as president of the American Association of Political Consultants.
He has guided media and advertising campaigns for numerous U.S. Senators, including Russell Long, John Stennis, Al Gore, Lloyd Bentsen and Mary Landrieu and worked in governor’s races for Bill Clinton, Buddy Roemer and others and in more than 50 other statewide races.
Strother, who spearheaded Gary Hart’s campaigns for president in 1984 and 1988, received the first national award created to honor political consultants for exemplary service and contributions to students and academic institutions, and that award is now named “The Strother” in his honor.
The foundation for Strother’s illustrious career was formed in Dr. John Merrill’s journalism classes at Northwestern more than a half century ago, and it is appropriate that he returned to NSU to fill the Merrill Chair in Journalism and still holds that position.
Strother, who has also been a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, has published a novel and a book of memoirs and has written for a number of national publications and served as a political commentator on network television.
His induction into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame was well deserved and long overdue recognition of Strother’s vast influence in state and national politics and his leadership in the major role that political strategists hold in government.
Strother joins a number of other Northwestern alumni in the Political Hall of Fame, including former legislators Jimmy Long, Don Kelly, Joe Salter, Billy Montgomery Foster Campbell and Vic Stelly, lobbyist Ted Jones, NASA official Carolyn Leach Huntoon and education leader Walter Lee.
The induction of Strother into the Hall of Fame this year and of so many other NSU alumni over the years focuses attention on the university’s positive impact on government, education, science and other fields of endeavor in the state and nation.