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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 24. 2003


Citadel announces West Chair schedule

          The Citadel announces the fall schedule for the West Chair Speaker Series. 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 guests. The public is invited to attend unless otherwise noted. The talks will take place on The Citadel campus.

          The John C. West Professorship is endowed by former S.C. Gov. John C. West, a 1942 Citadel graduate, and by The Citadel Foundation.

Gillespie

Thursday, Oct. 2
Alan Gillespie, chairman of Ulster Bank
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Bond Hall Auditorium, Room 165

          Gillespie began his international banking career in London in 1976. He has worked for Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Co., the Commonwealth Development Corporation, now called CDC Capital Partners. CDC; and the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board. In 2001 he became chairman of Ulster Bank Group, a subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. His specialities include international capital markets, assisting governments and corporations worldwide with raising capital in the loan and bond market and corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for corporate clients in the UK and Ireland.

Friday, Oct. 3
Dr. Craig Fields, former senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security's NYU Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response on Counter-Terrorism

Fields

"The Global War on Terrorism"
10 to 10:50 a.m.
Bond Hall Auditorium, Room 165

"An Inside View of the Internet: Predictions, Issues, the Future"
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regimental Commander's Riverview Room
Invited students and guests only

          After serving on the faculty of Harvard University, Fields joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he later became the director. He has also served as chairman and CEO of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), chairman of the Defense Science Board, an advisory board for the Secretary of Defense; director of several corporations, a Senior Fellow of the Defense Science Board, and senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security's NYU Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response on counter-terrorism. Field's currently works with the Senate and the House of Representatives on technology activities of interest to members of the Congress.

Cunningham

Friday, Oct. 31
Col. Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut
10 to 10:50 a.m.
Bond Hall Auditorium, Room 165

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regimental Commander's Riverview Room
Invited students and guests only

          During eight years with NASA Cunningham contributed to the design, development and testing of all the major operating systems of the Apollo spacecraft, specializing in electric power systems and complex systems analysis. A former Navy enlisted man and commissioned Marine Corps fighter pilot, Cunningham has been in private business in Houston, Texas, since 1971. His experience includes the presidency of two engineering companies, vice president of operations for one of the largest commercial property developers in the United States and the presidency of an interactive voice response company. He has been involved in the start-up and early stage development of more than 30 companies and financial institutions.

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