CHARLESTON, S.C., May 15.--The identity of the first women to join The Citadel's Advisory Council was made today by Col. Jimmy Jones, chairman of the college's Board of Visitors. They are Retired Ambassador Rozanne L. Ridgway and Retired Rear Admiral Roberta L. Hazard.
The Advisory Council announced at its spring meeting in April that it had invited two highly distinguished women to join the Council.
The chairman of the Advisory Council, Retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Merritt, informed the college Wednesday that Ambassador Ridgway and Admiral Hazard had accepted the invitation to join the group. "We are quite pleased to have these new additions to the Advisory Council," Merritt said "and I do believe that they will make substantial contributions to The Citadel."
The Advisory Council to the Board of Visitors was founded in 1973 to provide advice and assistance to the governing body in shaping policy and programs at the military college. The organization is composed of Americans who have attained positions of honor and prestige in their chosen professions. They represent industry, education, the military, foreign service and other areas of the national economy. They meet on The Citadel campus at least twice during each academic year.
Ambassador Ridgway's early diplomatic service took her to the Philippines, Italy, Norway and the Bahamas. She has served as Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs; Ambassador to Finland; Counselor of the Department, Department of State; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (negotiations); and Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic. Prior to retirement in 1989, she was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.
She then joined the Atlantic Council of the United States as its President. From January 1993 through June 1996 she served as Co-Chair of the Atlantic Council.
Ambassador Ridgway continues public service as a member of the 1991 Presidential Task Force on the Future of International Broadcasting, and in July 1994 she was appointed by President Clinton as Chairperson of the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the 3M Corporation, RJR Nabisco, Union Carbide, Bell Atlantic, Citicorp and Citibank, The Boeing Company, Sara Lee Corporation, Emerson Electric, and the National Geographic Society. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hamline University and the Brookings Institution, and the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Partners for Democratic Change, Catalyst, the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University, and The CNA Corporation.
Ridgway is a member of numerous organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, Institute for International Strategic Studies, Women in International Security, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.
She received many awards during her diplomatic career, to include the Presidential Citizens Achievement Medal and, twice, the Presidential Distinguished Performance Award. She has been presented the Joseph C. Wilson Award for Achievement in International Relations, the Person of the Year Award of the National Fisheries Institute, Solidarity Award of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, Sharansky Award of the Union of Councils of Soviet Jews, and the Diplomatic Award of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
State Department honors include the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Honor Award, Wilbur J. Carr Award, three Superior Honor Awards and Meritorious Honor Award. After her retirement she was presented the Director General's Cup.
In addition, Ridgway is the recipient of the Knight Commander's Cross (Badge and Star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the Insignia of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland. She holds honorary degrees from Hamline, George Washington University, University of Heisinki, Elizabethtown College, Albright College, College of William Mary, and Hood College.
Admiral Hazard joined the U.S. Navy in 1960 and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School. She gained strong higher education exper- ience while serving as education, training and leadership officer at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and as instructor and head of the academic department of Woman Officer Candidate School in Newport.
Hazard has served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, initially as administrative assistant and later as assistant for Joint Chief of Staff matters. She was then assigned as Special Assistant to the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy.
After graduation from the National War College, she was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Military Personnel and Training Division, as head of the women's program section. Her responsibility encompassed monitoring and developing policy and career opportunities for women officer and enlisted personnel.
Twenty years after entering the Navy, Hazard became Commanding Officer of the Naval Technical Training Center at Treasure Island in San Francisco. Her major command tour was as Commanding Officer of the Naval Training Station in San Diego.
She was selected for flag rank in December 1984 and served as Commander of the Navy's largest training facility--the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes--from 1985 to 1987. That August she became Director for Manpower and Personnel, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In May 1988 she became the first woman to be board-selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (upper half). Her final tour, which extended from August 1989 through September 1992, was as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, Personal Readiness and Community Support. In 1990 and 1991 she was elected chairperson of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces.
Admiral Hazard's decorations include the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with gold star in lieu of a second award), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards), Navy Commendation Medal (with one gold star in lieu of a second award), Navy Achievement Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
She has been elected to numerous posts and in 1995 she served as a member of the Secretary of Defense's Task Force on Quality of Life. She continues to serve as a trustee associate of Boston College.
Hazard's civilian recognition has included the Navy League of the United States John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership, Captain Hancock Award for Exemplary Leadership, Women's International Center Living Legacy Award, and an honorary doctorate of public service from Norwich University.
Other members of the Advisory Council are Retired Army Gen. Jack Merritt--the chairman; Retired Air Force Gen. Charles Gabriel; Retired Army Lt. Gen. Julius Becton; Retired Knight-Ridder Board Chairman and CEO Alvah Chapman; Retired Army Gen. Andrew Goodpaster; Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Guy Hecker; Storm Technology President and CEO Bill Krause; Retired Adm. Wesley McDonald; Retired Marine Corps Gen. Carl Mundy; University of South Carolina President Dr. John Palms; Retired Army Lt. Gen. George Seignious; and former U.S. Ambassador Dr. Richard Walker. Emeriti members include Retired Adm. Thomas Moorer; Retired Marine Corps Gen. Leonard Chapman; and Retired Marine Corps Gen. Robert Barrow.