NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) conferred the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award upon the Honorable Clifford L. Stanley during a convocation ceremony on Aug. 16.
Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), served 33 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Major General. He has held numerous leadership positions in the military, government, and academia. Stanley graduated in 1983 from NWC’s distance education program.
“I am proud to have been a graduate of a Naval War College, but I’m even more proud to have served and to be able to continue to serve in some small way,” said Stanley, during an address to NWC’s resident students.
“Being a student for life counts,” Stanley told the assembled students, who are about to begin the academic year. “I congratulate you on being here, being selected.”
The criteria for selection of the Distinguished Graduate include attainment of a position of senior leadership in government service, career accomplishments which are inspiring to Naval War College students, and an expressed interest in professional military education.
“And every opportunity I had to do this, oh boy, I loved it. I really did,” said Stanley. “I actually enjoyed sitting there, listening, engaging, reading.”
Stanley, a lifelong learner, is a graduate of South Carolina State University. He received his Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University, graduating with honors. In addition to his formal military education at NWC, he also attended the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and National War College. Dr. Stanley earned his Doctorate Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds Doctor of Laws degrees from South Carolina State University and Spalding University.
“I was always a student, and, guess what, I’m still a student,” said Stanley. “I’m still a student.”
As he was introducing Dr. Stanley, NWC President Rear Adm. John N. Christenson pointed out other past graduates who received the award, such as Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More recent recipients include Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr., Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Gen. James E. Cartwright, and Adm. James G. Stavridis.
In 1996, the Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation established the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award to honor Naval War College graduates who have attained positions of prominence in the field of national security.
The Naval War College Foundation’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Peter Pelletier, joined Rear Adm. Christenson in presenting the award to Stanley.
Before being named Under Secretary of Defense, Stanley served as the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania and as the President of Scholarship America, the largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship organization.
From Naval War College Public Affairs
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