Wake Forest graduate named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

James M. O’Connell (Photo credit: Wake Forest University)

James M. O’Connell (Photo credit: Wake Forest University)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Wake Forest graduate is among 32 Americans to be named one of 2014’s Rhodes Scholars.

James M. O’Connell is from Tampa, Fla. and graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with a bachelor of arts in politics and international affairs.

As a Rhodes Scholar, O’Connell has been selected to study next year at Oxford University. The Rhodes Trust said O’Connell will enter the school’s masters in public policy program.

School officials said he is the 13th Wake Forest student to be named a Rhodes Scholar in the past 27 years.

At Wake Forest, O’Connell wrote his senior thesis on al-Qaida after Osama Bin Laden. School officials said he is currently on a one-year assignment in university president’s office.

O’Connell was a student member of the school’s Board of Trustees and a chair of the Honor Council. He has also written one feature length screenplay and three for short films and hosted a radio show on film and culture.

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