GW President Steven Knapp announced that Mike McConnell, TSPPPA MPA '86, director of National Intelligence, will address more than 5,200 graduates and guests during the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences school celebration in GW's Charles E. Smith Center on May 17. McConnell will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree during the ceremony.
"I am deeply honored to be returning to my alma mater – the great institution that I attended 22 years ago," McConnell said. "George Washington's public administration curriculum and the skills that I learned at the university have been invaluable to me as the director of National Intelligence. I look forward to sharing my insights and lessons learned with the Class of 2008 on the occasion of their graduation from one of our nation's leading academic institutions."
McConnell was sworn in as the nation's second director of National Intelligence in February 2007. Prior to his nomination, he was a senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton where he focused on national security and intelligence issues. From 1992-1996, McConnell was director of the National Security Agency. In 1996, he retired as vice admiral in the U.S. Navy after 29 years of service. In addition to many of the nation's highest military awards for meritorious service, he holds the nation's most respected award for service in the intelligence community. For more information, read the GW press release.