On Sept. 11, decorated retired Army General and former White House cabinet member Ben McCaffrey will speak about leadership in honor of 50 years of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn.
McCaffrey is a combat veteran who held high positions within both the Pentagon and the White House and will be speaking in Lowder Hall room 113-A at 3:15 p.m. next Monday.
"It is a great honor to welcome Gen. McCaffrey to Auburn University, and we are delighted to offer the opportunity to students, faculty, staff and members of the community," said Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo professor Bill Hardgrave.
"Gen. McCaffrey has a well-earned reputation for being a dynamic speaker, and one whose range of expertise encompasses problem-solving and complex management issues. Given his background as a military leader, cabinet member and now, a businessman, Gen. McCaffrey will offer unique perspectives on leadership and problem-solving that will be applicable to a variety of settings."
After 32 years of service, McCaffrey earned three Purple Heart Medals, two Distinguished Service Medals and two Silver Stars for valor. McCaffrey became the youngest general to ever reach the four-star rank and after four combat tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 1st Calvary Division and the 24th Infantry Division McCaffrey was honored by being inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning in 2007. McCaffrey also served as the Commander-in-Chief for the U.S. southern command from 1994 until 1996.
After his military career, McCaffrey founded his own consulting firm in Virginia, McCaffrey Associates, and also served as an NBC News Terrorism Analyst and from 1996-2001 McCaffrey served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy under former president, Bill Clinton.
McCaffrey, a West Point graduate, earned a master's degree from American University and attended Harvard University's National Security Program and Business School Executive Education Program.
"His visit shows that we are serious in fulfilling our vision of becoming an elite public college of business. Part of that process includes connecting our students with globally recognized thought leaders," said Hardgrave.
The event is free and open to the general public as the University celebrates the Harbert College of Business, which originally opened in 1967.