President Marc Ravalomanana, who was twice elected president of the Malagasy Republic, visited the Alexandria Campus with three former members of his cabinet to talk to students in the political science classes of Dr. Jack Lechelt and Dr. Marius Ratolojanahary. Alexandria Liberal Arts Dean Jimmie McClellan, and his wife Catherine Lee Burwell, were also in attendance.
Ravalomanana was forced into exile in 2009 by a military coup, prompted in part by resistance to his anticorruption campaign. His topic at NOVA was the issue of peaceful and constitutional transfers of power in Africa. If scheduled elections are permitted to proceed in 2018, Ravalomanana will seek to win back his office. Currently, he is favored to win. During his eight years in office, his administration sent students to the U.S. to study at Abilene Christian College in Texas. After his talk with students, he discussed the possibility of sending students from Madagascar to NOVA if his re-election effort is successful.