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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 5, 2004

Final West Chair lecture slated April 8

          The Citadel will host the final West Chair Speaker Series lecture of the academic year on Thursday, April 8, 2004.

          In his role as the John C. West Professor of Government and International Relations, former U.S. ambassador Philip Lader brings to The Citadel and the Lowcountry a distinguished panel of guest speakers. The John C. West Professorship is endowed by The Citadel Foundation and the late John C. West, a 1942 Citadel graduate and former South Carolina governor.

          Ralph Crosby, chairman and chief executive officer of EADS
North America, the European company that manufactures Airbus, will discuss international trade issues at 9:30 a.m. in Bond Hall Room 165.

          A native of Greenville, Crosby assumed leadership of EADS' North American activities and his seat on the executive committee of EADS on Sept. 1, 2002. In this capacity, he is responsible for augmenting the presence of EADS in the United States, developing strategic partnerships with U.S. companies, and enhancing the involvement of EADS in the U.S. marketplace. Previously, Crosby was president of the Integrated Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corp.

          Crosby served as an officer in the U.S. Army with duty in Germany, Vietnam and the United States. In his last military assignment he was military staff assistant to the vice president of the United States. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master's degree in international relations in 1976 from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and a master's degree in public administration in 1977 from Harvard University.

          The West Chair Speaker Series is free and open to the public.


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