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Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gives Eddy Lecture

January 10, 2001

[ General Wesley Clark Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- General Wesley K. Clark, recently retired supreme allied commander, Europe, will present "U.S. National Security in a New Era" at Ohio Wesleyan's John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Clark is currently associated with Stephens Group, Inc., working with high technology venture capital. He is also a noted speaker presenting key insights on strategic leadership, foreign and military policy, and high technology to corporate leaders and other audiences. On Aug. 9, 2000, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

"It is truly an honor for Ohio Wesleyan to host such a distinguished historical figure as General Wesley Clark. His role as the military commander of NATO during the Kosovo war was but the pinnacle of one of the most impressive military careers this country has produced," says Dr. Sean Kay, OWU assistant professor of politics and government and coordinator of the international studies program. "Wesley Clark personifies the idea of leadership and it will be a tremendous opportunity for students and faculty to interact with him as the 2001 Eddy Lecture speaker."

Clark was the supreme allied commander, Europe from July 1997 through May 2000. He was also the commander-in-chief of the United States European Command. As supreme allied commander, Europe, Clark was in overall command of NATO's military forces in Europe. Responsible for safeguarding an area extending from the northern tip of Norway to the eastern border of Turkey, he assured the peace, security, and territorial integrity of the NATO member nations. In his position as SACEUR, Clark was also the commander of the approximately 75,000 troops from 37 NATO and other nations participating in ongoing operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. In 1999, Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, the Alliance's successful military action in response to the Kosovo crisis.

Simultaneously, as commander-in-chief of U.S. European Command, Clark commanded U.S. military activities in 89 countries and territories covering more than 13 million square miles of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and involving 109,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

A sample of Clark's military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the NATO Medal for Service with NATO on Operations in Relation to Kosovo. He is a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point, New York, where he graduated first in his class. He holds a Master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar (1966-68). Clark was a White House Fellow in 1975-76 and served as a Special Assistant to the Director of Management and Budget.

The Eddy lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of Ohio Wesleyan's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335.