OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.) at the university’s 136th commencement on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
Scowcroft, who served as national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, also will deliver the commencement address.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on international affairs, foreign policy and national security, Scowcroft began his 29-year military career with graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He later earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from Columbia University.
Scowcroft, an Ogden native, held critical posts at the U.S. Department of Defense, including positions with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He served as assistant Air Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and also was professor of Russian history at West Point and head of the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy.
Out of uniform, Scowcroft continued in a public policy capacity by serving on the President’s Advisory Committee on Arms Control, the Commission on Strategic Forces, and the President’s Special Review Board, also known as the Tower Commission.
In private life, Scowcroft was vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., where he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning and risk assessment. He is currently president of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international business advisory firm.
Scowcroft also has served on many corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future; the Advisory Board of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; the Gerald R. Ford Foundation; the George C. Marshall Foundation; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the International Republican Institute; and the National Defense University.
Scowcroft has numerous military decorations and awards, and in 1993, President George H.W. Bush presented him with the Medal of Freedom Award. The nation’s highest civilian award, it recognizes those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
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