Joseph Sestak Named Bradley Chair
May 14, 2013
Joseph Sestak is the 2013-14 recipient of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership
Joseph Sestak, a
former three-star admiral and congressman, has been named as the 2013-14
recipient of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. While
in residence, Sestak will conduct classes at Dickinson College, the U.S. Army
War College and the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School
of International Affairs.
Sestak's distinguished 31-year career in the
U.S. Navy included command of the George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle
Group comprising 30 ships during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He
served as President Bill Clinton's director for defense policy on the National
Security Council and managed the Navy's five-year, $350 billion warfare budget
as deputy chief of naval operations. Sestak also served as the first director
of "Deep Blue," the Navy's counterterrorism unit.
Sestak served as a
member of the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms, from 2007 to 2010,
representing Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. He served on the Armed
Services and Education and Labor Committees and as vice chairman of the Small
Business Committee. According to the Office of the House Historian, he is the
highest-ranking military officer ever elected to Congress.
Sestak won the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary with a victory over
incumbent Senator Arlen Specter but lost his Senate bid in the general
election. Recently, Sestak has been serving as distinguished practice
professor in the School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon
University's Heinz College, where he taught ethical leadership and a policy
practicum titled "Restoring the American Dream and Its Political Platform." He
also has taught similar courses as an adjunct professor at Cheyney University
He is the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service
Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, two
Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy
Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. A graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy, Sestak holds a master's degree in public administration and a
doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard University.
Named in memory of the World War II hero, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair
in Strategic Leadership provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore
with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and
most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization,
technology and cultural change. The chair also seeks to enhance the study of
leadership, encourage civilian-military dialogue and contribute to the
educational and research activities of the partner institutions.
initiative among the U.S. Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State
University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, the
General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership has been held by
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson; Dr. Richard
Kohn, a nationally recognized expert in the relationship between civilian
leadership and the military officer corps; Navy Admiral Dennis Blair; and
Phillip "P.J." Crowley, former assistant secretary of state for public