Sept. 10, 2018 —
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation Board of Directors has named Dr. William J. Parker III as the Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer, effective 10 October 2018.
"Dr. Parker's demonstrated professional leadership in the areas critical to the NDU Foundation's success, together with his distinguished military record and outstanding academic and policy credentials, make him the perfect choice to lead this important organization”, said retired Brigadier General Jack A. Pellicci, NDU Foundation Chairman. “The range and depth of his expertise, including his hands-on experience with geostrategic planning in some of the most challenging and conflict-ridden areas of the globe, make him the ideal candidate to interact with the leadership of the National Defense University (NDU) as it goes about the critical business of training the next generation of our national security professionals."
Immediately prior to joining the National Defense University Foundation, Dr. Parker served as the Chief Operating Officer at the EastWest Institute where he oversaw offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow and San Francisco. He is a retired senior naval officer with significant command experience who holds a doctorate from George Mason University's Department of Molecular and Microbiology; an MPA from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy where he was a distinguished military graduate.
The NDU Foundation provides an array of program support and major non-appropriated funding to advance the education and leadership curriculum of National Defense University. By outreach to U. S. and international supporters, the NDU Foundation provides the University with a heightened margin of excellence, contributing thought leadership and ensuring that the University remains the crown jewel of joint professional military and interagency education.
About The National Defense University Foundation and National Defense University:
The NDU Foundation invests in the education and leadership development of national defense, security and peacekeeping professionals studying at the National Defense University (NDU). The NDU Foundation serves as the conduit for private-public partnerships benefitting the University, enhancing NDU’s global reach, and ensuring that the National Defense University remains the crown jewel of joint military and interagency education.
The National Defense University is the premier institution for studies in national defense and international security strategy and leadership development. One of the few institutions where military, government, civilians and industry come together for joint, professional graduate education addressing global issues, NDU works to address complex and multilateral questions in a variety of diverse realms in a world where conventional methods of warfare have evolved and dynamic, geopolitical complexities are the norm.
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Eugenia R. Gardner