Retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF, a foreign policy expert, delivered the 42nd Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture on Sept. 19 in the College’s Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The event, titled “U.S. Diplomacy in a Transforming World,” was free and open to the public.
Scowcroft is best known for his work as national security adviser to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, he was vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm, where he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning and risk assessment. His prior 29-year military career began after his graduation from West Point and concluded following service as the deputy national security adviser, having attained the rank of lieutenant general. During the course of his military career, Scowcroft served as professor of Russian history at West Point; assistant air attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; head of the political science department at the Air Force Academy; special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and military assistant to President Nixon.
He is currently the president and founder of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country’s leading experts on international policy. The recipient of several military awards and honors, Scowcroft serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations at Columbia University in New York City.
The annual Hanify-Howland lecture honors the late Edward F. Hanify, a 1904 graduate of Holy Cross and a Massachusetts Superior Court justice for 15 years, who died in 1954. The series was started by Hanify’s friend, the late Weston Howland of Milton, Mass., board chairman of Warwick Mills, Inc., who died in 1976.