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Citadel News Service
11 Feb 2008

Citadel Leadership Symposium speakers list

Major speakers scheduled for The Citadel Leaderhship Symposium.

Lt. Gen. Robert L. “Van” Van Antwerp

Greater Issues Address
Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp
11 a.m. Thursday, March 13
McAlister Field House

On May 18, 2007, Lt. Gen. Robert L. “Van” Van Antwerp became the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S Army Corps Engineers (USACE). LTG Van serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction.Van Antwerp took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the 52nd chief of engineers after serving most recently as commanding general, U.S. Army Accessions Command, responsible for recruiting and training thousands of young patriots who represent the epitome of “Army Strong.”

Other command assignments include the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood; commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994; the U.S. Army Division, South Atlantic, Atlanta, Georgia; and the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

A 1972 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Van Antwerp completed Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault training, and both the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Long Island University in New York. He is a registered professional engineer. 



Bobby Ross

Keynote Address - Coach Bobby Ross
12:30 p.m. Friday, March 14
Buyer Auditorium Mark Clark Hall

Bobby Ross is nationally renowned football coach and sports figure. His extensive and highly successful career as a head coach included stints at The Citadel, the University of Maryland and Georgia Tech, in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, and at the United State Military Academy at West Point.

Highlights of his coaching career include winning a share of the National Championship at Georgia Tech in 1990, and guiding the San Diego Chargers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIX. He owns a career record of 100-92-2 throughout 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach, and a 77-68 record as head coach in the NFL.

After graduating from Benedictine High School in 1955, he enrolled at Virginia Military Institute, where he started at quarterback and defensive back for two seasons and served as captain of the football team as a senior. Ross graduated from VMI in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. 



Bill Swanson

William H. Swanson
Thursday, March 13
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

William H. Swanson is Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

Before adding the responsibilities of chairman to his position in January 2004, Swanson was CEO and president of the company. Prior to that, he was president of the company, responsible for Raytheon’s government and defense operations.

Swanson joined Raytheon in 1972 and has held a wide range of leadership positions, including manufacturing manager of the company’s Equipment Division, senior vice president and general manager of the Missile Systems Division, general manager of Raytheon Electronic Systems, president of Electronic Systems, and chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Systems Company.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Swanson is a member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation board, the Pepperdine University board of regents, the California Polytechnic State University President’s Cabinet and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy board. He is a member of the executive committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF); is co-chair of BHEF’s Securing America’s Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative; and is a member of the board of directors of Sprint Nextel Corporation.


Keynote Reception and Dinner
Featuring Entrepreneur Darla Moore
Friday, March 14.


Darla Moore

Darla Moore, vice president of Rainwater, Inc., is founder and chair of the Palmetto Institute, a nonprofit think tank aimed at bolstering per capita income in South Carolina. Moore graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1975 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. After college she worked for a political research firm in Washington, DC.
Moore received her Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University and joined other MBAs in the Chemical Bank’s training program. During the 1980s, Moore made a name for herself by taking over companies in bankruptcy and making them profitable. By the early 1990s, she was the highest paid woman in banking.

In 1991, Moore married Richard Rainwater. She was named president of Rainwater, 1994. Widely recognized for her success in finance, she has received numerous awards in banking and finance. 

In addition, her career has been the subject of many feature articles and publications including Fortune, Forbes, Working Woman, Worth, Reader’s Digest and The Wall Street Journal. She was profiled on CNN, and was the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine in its 70-year history. She was also named to Fortune’s list of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”

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