Prominent national figures to discuss leadership lessons at symposium
CHARLESTON, SC – Cadets and college students from around the country will get the opportunity to learn from a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the mayor of Charleston, among others, at The Citadel’s 8th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium. The symposium will be held March 12-13, 2015, on The Citadel campus. Lessons in leadership and ethics will be taught by Gen. Peter Pace, former top advisor to President George W. Bush, United States Navy officer and senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Rear Adm. Margaret DeLuca “Peg” Klein, and one of America’s longest-serving mayors, Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Moral Courage in Life, the Military, and Business
Gen. Peter Pace will present Moral Courage in Life, the Military, and Business as part of the Greater Issues Series to the Corps of Cadets and attendees of the symposium at 11 a.m. on March 12 at McAlister Field House. He has served more than 40 years in the United State Marine Corps and was the first Marine officer appointed as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role he served as the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Counciland the Homeland Security Council. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom shortly after retiring from active duty.
Pace currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations focused on management consulting, private equity, and information technology security. One of those groups is Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, which provides training and job placement services for disabled veterans interested in careers in the financial industry. He is a distinguished visiting research scholar for Fordham University and adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.
The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues Series is made possible by a grant from The Mills Lane Memorial Foundation. Members of the Class of 1969 donated the funds to sponsor Gen. Pace’s address.
Ethics in the Profession of Arms
Rear Adm. Margaret DeLuca “Peg” Klein is a United States Navy officer and senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense for military professionalism. Klein’s presentation on Ethics in the Profession of Arms will take place at 4 p.m. on March 12 in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.
A naval flight officer with over 4,500 flight hours, Klein’s operational assignments include multiple tours with the Ironmen of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three, forward-deployed USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group Staff during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and chief of staff for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group. Klein served as the 82nd commandant at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Klein’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal among many other personal, unit, and campaign awards. Participants in the symposium will attend and members of the community are welcome.
Contemporary Ethical Issues Facing Communities
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America for his almost 40 years of service to the city of Charleston. Riley, a 1964 graduate of The Citadel, will address the Corps of Cadets and symposium attendees at 1 p.m. on March 13 at McAlister Field House, by presenting Contemporary Ethical Issues Facing Communities.
Riley is one of the most important figures in American municipal government over the last half-century. He served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1968-1974. He has been mayor longer than almost anyone in US history who was elected in non-partisan contests. Riley is often credited with “saving” Charleston after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, aiding the stranded and garnering millions of dollars to repair the city. His administration is also credited with fostering economic growth strategies that have earned Charleston a global reputation as one of the most desirable places in which to do business, live and visit.
After retiring from his elected position, Riley will return to his alma mater, The Citadel, to be the first occupant of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Endowed Chair of American Government and Public Policy.
About the Principled Leadership Symposium
The Citadel's Principled Leadership Symposium is a nationally lauded event held in conjunction with Corps Day Weekend each year. It is a student-centered conference focusing on leadership and ethics that is open to all cadets and students at The Citadel, as well as alumni, faculty and staff, and the public. Approximately 80 invited delegates from the U.S. military academies, senior military colleges, and regional colleges also attend. In 2015, the theme is Principled Leadership as Honor: The Code, The Medal, The Ethos.
Some of the recent past keynote speakers have included: William J. Bennett, Former U.S. presidential cabinet member; Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; LTG Michael Ferriter, Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Command; Eric Greitens, noted author, humanitarian, and U.S. Navy Seal; Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski, 333rd Fighter Squadron commander and first female U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot; and three time Pulitzer Prize winning author, Rick Atkinson.
The Principled Leadership Symposium is administered and sponsored by The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.