Gen. Wesley Clark to open fall 2001 lecture series

Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, who retired as one of the nation's most highly decorated officers since Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, will discuss "Waging Modern War" Thursday, Sept. 20, to open the fall 2001 edition of the President's Lecture Series.

Clark's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium.

A four-star general, Clark, who had held positions of leadership in Vietnam and Latin America, led a unified force to victory in Kosovo in NATO's first conflict. He received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, for his outstanding leadership and service in the conflict.

One of the pioneers in leading the U.S. Army into digital technology, Clark was instrumental in developing international military and security strategy in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

During his military career, he served as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Southern Command, Panama, and as director of Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff, where he oversaw worldwide politico-military affairs and U.S. strategic planning. He trained leaders and soldiers at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., and the Battle Command Training Program, where he instructed forces involved in combat operations in Desert Storm.

An armor officer, Clark commanded at every level from company to division. He graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received a master's from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Currently, he serves as a consultant for Stephens Group Inc., an investment-banking firm where he develops emerging technology companies and brings them to the marketplace.