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Chuck Hagel is a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is Chairman of the Atlantic Council and a Member of the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank Americas; Corsair Capital; is a Director of Wolfensohn and Company; Senior Advisor to McCarthy Capital Corporation; and a member of Pfizer's Emerging Markets and European Advisory Boards.
Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committees International Trade and Finance; and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.
Hagel is the author of the recently published America: Our Next Chapter, a straightforward examination of the current state of our nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century. He currently serves on the advisory boards of directors of many institutions including: America Abroad Media; Center for the Study of the Presidency; Council on Foreign Relations; Director Emeritus, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute; the German Marshall Fund's Trade and Poverty Forum; Global Zero Campaign; Harvard University Institute of Politics; Initiative for Global Development; International Republican Institute; Ploughshares Fund; and the U.S. Middle East Project. He is a Trustee of Bellevue University and Hastings College, and is co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment-banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and former Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration. Hagel is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from the Citigroup Foundation. The lecture series brings prominent policymakers from the national and international arenas to the Ford School each year to engage students and faculty in dialogue and to give a public address.
Read the recent University Record article, 'Hagel says Ford's leadership style needed in these difficult times'
There will be another Citigroup Foundation Lecture on October 2, 2009: Paul Krugman, Princeton University and The New York Times.