J. Brian Atwood became dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in October 2002. He is widely credited for raising the School's profile and national ranking. He served for six years as administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) during the administration of President William Clinton. In the Clinton administration, Mr. Atwood led the transition team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID. During the Carter Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. He was dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute from 1981 to 1982 and the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs from 1986 to 1993. In 2001, Mr. Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. He writes and speaks frequently on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, the role of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in international affairs, and the United States' role in the world order. Mr. Atwood holds a bachelor's degree in government and history from Boston University and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from American University. He joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American embassies in Cote d'Ivoire and Spain. In January 2011, Mr. Atwood took a leave from the University to serve as chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The DAC is a permanent forum of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that coordinates international development policy.
Catherine Bertini joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2005. As a professor of public administration and international affairs, she taught and currently teaches the following graduate courses: Humanitarian Action, UN Management, Girls’ Education, International Organizations, Executive Leadership, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Her courses draw on the vast experience she gained during a public service career spanning international, national, state, and local levels, in addition to private sector and foundation experience. Most notably, Ms. Bertini’s leadership of the UN World Food Programme transformed WFP into the world’s largest and most responsive humanitarian organization. As WFP’s executive director, first proposed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 and re-endorsed by President Bill Clinton in 1997, Ms. Bertini led the efforts to end famine in North Korea, avert starvation in Afghanistan, ensure food was delivered effectively during crises in Bosnia and Kosovo, prevent mass starvation in the Horn of Africa, and focus on women as the key to ending hunger. Because of her reforms, WFP was held as the model for UN efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. Ms. Bertini was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her leadership at WFP in ending famine and decreasing hunger. Later, Ms. Bertini served as the Under Secretary General for Management and as UN Security Coordinator. Secretary General Kofi Annan also appointed her as his humanitarian envoy to the Horn of Africa, Gaza, and the West Bank.
Currently, Ms. Bertini serves as a member of the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises USAID, having been appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Food and Consumer services at the US Department of Agriculture, where she promoted nationwide implementation of electronic benefit transfer programs, created a food package for breastfeeding mothers, and oversaw the design of the Food Guide Pyramid. Currently, she is senior fellow at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. She is a board member of the Stuart Family Foundation and a juror of the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize and serves on the Board of Directors of the Tupperware Brands Corporation. For two years, she was the Senior Fellow of Agricultural Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Bertini earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and has been the recipient of numerous awards, commendations, and honorary degrees.
Andrew Card has enjoyed a distinguished career that began in the mid-70s, when he was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. A few years later, he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. Mr. Card later served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House. He went on to be the 11th US secretary of transportation before being selected by then President-elect George W. Bush to be White House Chief of Staff, a position he held for nearly six years, making him the second longest serving chief of staff in modern history. Most recently, Mr. Card was acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a position he held for several years. He was also executive director in the Office of the Provost. A native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, he is very familiar with Franklin Pierce University. He previously served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, helping to develop the university’s program in mass communication, named after fellow Franklin Pierce trustee, Marlin Fitzwater. He is the recipient of many honorary degrees, including one from Franklin Pierce University in 2002.
Gordon England served as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 2006 to February 2009. He previously served as the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy and as the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. England served as president of the General Dynamics Fort Worth Aircraft Company (later Lockheed); president of the General Dynamics Land Systems Company; and corporate executive vice president of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Sector, Ground Combat Systems Sector, and the International Sector. His business career spanned over forty years as an engineer and senior executive. A native of Baltimore, Mr. England graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In 1975, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and is a member of business, engineering, and leadership honor societies. Mr. England has served in a variety of civic, charitable, and government organizations, including serving as a city councilman; vice chair, national Board of Goodwill International; the USO's Board of Governors; the Defense Science Board; the Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University; and many others. He has been recognized for numerous professional and service contributions by multiple universities and organizations.
Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. currently serves as President of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc. and as an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. From September of 2005 to January 2009 he served as Commissioner of Food and Drugs where he championed an agenda to modernize the FDA by process improvement of the regulatory pathway for drugs and medical devices and by fostering creative projects, including FDA’s Critical Path Initiative (designed to bring modern tools of science to the product development process); work plans like the FDA’s Food Protection Plan; and most especially the nurturing of the workforce through initiatives, such as an Agency-wide fellowship program and development of a new integrated campus for the Agency in White Oak, Maryland. Under his leadership, the FDA experienced dramatic increases in resources enabling implementation of many new programs designed to strengthen the FDA in its mission to protect and promote public health. He has emphasized FDA’s role in working with external partners to assure quality throughout the entire life cycle of the products it regulates.
Dr. von Eschenbach joined FDA after serving for four years as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health where he set an ambitious goal to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer by rapid acceleration and integration of the discovery-development-delivery continuum. While at NCI, he committed resources to ensure the application to oncology of nanotechnology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and other emerging technologies. At the time of his appointment by President Bush to serve as Director of NCI, he was President-Elect of the American Cancer Society. Dr. von Eschenbach entered government service after an outstanding career over three decades as a physician, surgeon, oncologist and executive that included numerous leadership roles from Chairman of the Department of Urologic Oncology to Executive Vice President and Chief Academic at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, an institution world renowned for the magnitude and excellence of its clinical and research cancer programs. An internationally renowned cancer specialist and author of more than 300 scientific articles and studies, Dr. von Eschenbach has served in numerous leadership roles, including serving as one of the founding members of the National Dialogue on Cancer. He has received numerous professional awards and honors. In 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people to shape the world,” and in both 2007 and 2008, he was selected as one of the Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician’s “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.”
Dr. von Eschenbach earned a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University in his native Philadelphia and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. After completing a residency in urologic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he was an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Madelyn, for over 40 years, and they are proud parents of four children and elated grandparents of seven.
Preston "Pete" Geren is president of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, a foundation that provides grants to educational, health, human service, and cultural nonprofit organizations in Texas. He assumed the position in July 2011, after serving as senior advisor and president-elect of the Foundation since March 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Geren served in the Department of Defense from 2001 to 2009 as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Army. He served four terms as a United States congressman from the 12th District of Texas from 1989 to 1997, and was formerly an assistant to US Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Mr. Geren is a director of Texas Capital Bank and a member of the oversight board of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). A lawyer and former business executive, he has held leadership positions in numerous civic, educational, business, and philanthropic organizations in Texas. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Texas Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Texas. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech before transferring to the University of Texas. A Fort Worth native, he is married and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
Virginia Mulberger is a founding Principal and the Managing Director of The Scowcroft Group. Prior to forming The Scowcroft Group, Ms. Mulberger served four years in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Legislative Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In that capacity, she was responsible for the integration and implementation of national security legislative strategies for the Executive Branch. Preceding her White House tour, Ms. Mulberger was a Principal with DGA, International, a Washington-based consulting firm. With DGA, International, she assisted European corporations in strategic planning, marketing, joint ventures and technology transfer. From 1974 to 1983, Ms. Mulberger served as an active duty Air Force Officer in Air Force intelligence and legislative affairs positions. She completed her active duty service as Deputy Director, Air Force Senate Liaison. She fulfilled the remainder of her Air Force career as a Reserve Officer in international security assistance, retiring in 1996. Ms. Mulberger received her Masters degree from Georgetown University in National Security Studies. She is a Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council of the United States and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Ambassador John D. Negroponte, a United States career diplomat and national security official, held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.
While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was Executive Vice President of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also Chairman of the French-American Foundation.
Since January 21, 2009, Ambassador Negroponte has assumed the position of Vice-Chairman of McLarty Associates, a leading international strategic advisory firm in Washington, D.C. Starting July 1st, Ambassador Negroponte will also take a part-time position at his alma mater, Yale University, as a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow in Grand Strategy and as a Lecturer in International Affairs.
Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the Secretary of State, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security.
Craig Stapleton was born in Kansas City, Missouri. His grandfather, Benjamin F. Stapleton served five terms as Mayor of Denver. He received his secondary school education at Phillips Exeter Academy and earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Stone Point Capital and serves on the Board of Directors of Abercrombie & Fitch, Flamel Technologies, Carlile Bancshares, and Winston Partners. He served as president of Marsh and McLennan Real Estate Advisors of New York from 1982 until 2001. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Stapleton co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team with George W. Bush. He has served on the Board of Directors for companies including Allegheny Properties, IDS Realty Inc., Investors Savings and Loan, Metro PCS, and TB Woods. In July 2009, he became a co-owner of the St. Louis Cardinals. During the administration of George H. W. Bush, Mr. Stapleton served on the Board of the Peace Corps. He served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003 and received the Jan Masaryk Medal from the Czech Republic. In June 2005, he was appointed Ambassador to France, served until January 2009, and received the French Legion of Honor as a Commander. Currently, he serves as a Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Board, Chairman of the Vaclav Havel Foundation, and Chairman of the American Friends of Compiegne. He has served on the Visiting Committee for Harvard College Athletics and the Committee on University Resources and Athletics. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Greenwich, Connecticut, and have two adult children and six grandchildren. His son, Walker, was elected Colorado State Treasurer in 2010 and 2014.
Heather Wilson is the president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in the Rushmore Region of South Dakota. Dr. Wilson served New Mexico in the US Congress from 1998 to 2009, where she was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was the chair of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence. Before being elected to Congress, Dr. Wilson was the cabinet secretary of New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department and did work for large defense and scientific companies, including several national laboratories. Dr. Wilson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy in the third class to include women. She completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. After service in Europe as an Air Force officer during the Cold War, Dr. Wilson served on the National Security Council Staff at the White House under President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. Active in national and community affairs, Dr. Wilson was a member of the Congressional Panel on the Nuclear Security Enterprise and serves on the Board of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, which oversees the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, SD, as well as serving on several nonprofit and advisory boards. A collegiate rower at Oxford University, Dr. Wilson serves on the executive council of the NCAA Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), the world's largest private sector coal company. She is married to Jay Hone, an attorney and retired Air Force Colonel. They have three adult children.
Robert B. Zoellick is the Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors. He serves on the board of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. Mr. Zoellick is also a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the boards of the congressionally created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency. Mr. Zoellick was the president of the World Bank Group from 2007 to 2012, US trade representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as serving as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Zoellick holds a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.