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Citadel News Service

For release
October 26, 2001


National Executive Director of Girl Scouts to speak

          Marsha Johnson Evans, national executive director of Girl Scouts of the USA, and a retired rear admiral from the U.S. Navy, will give an address as part of the West Chair Speaker Series. Her address, "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally," will take place on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bond Hall 165 on The Citadel campus. The address is open to the public.

          Evans, who assumed the directorship of the Girl Scouts in 1998, retired after a 29-year career in the U.S. Navy. She had been at the forefront of increasing opportunities for women in the Navy, including opening the full range of operational assignments. Most recently, she served as superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif. For a part of her tenure there, she concurrently served as director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Securities Studies in Garmisch, Germany. She also headed the Navys worldwide recruiting organization from 1993 to 1995. A native of Springfield, Ill., Evans lives in New York City with her husband, Gerard Evans, a retired Naval pilot.

          Evans comes to The Citadel at the invitation of Ambassador Philip Lader, who serves as the John C. West Professor of Government and International Relations at The Citadel. The John C. West Professorship is endowed by former S.C. Gov. John C. West, a 1942 Citadel graduate, and by The Citadel Foundation.




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