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Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ret. Adm. William Crowe Jr., former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to speak at IU Bloomington

Ret. Adm. William Crowe Jr., former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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EDITORS: Arrangements are being made for a question-and-answer session with Admiral Crowe.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ret. Adm. William Crowe Jr., former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan and former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, will present the Charles F. Bonser Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy at Indiana University Bloomington on April 22.

Crowe will speak on the topic, "Reflections on Iraq," at 2 p.m. in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th St. The event is free and open to the public. After his remarks, Crowe will answer questions from the audience.

The Bonser Distinguished Lectures in Public Policy are sponsored by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kelley School of Business. The lecture series honors Bonser, SPEA's founding dean. Previous lecturers have included U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and William Julius Wilson, director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at Harvard University.

Crowe is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also earned a master's degree in education at Stanford University and master's and doctoral degrees in politics at Princeton University.

A submarine officer during his 47-year career in the U.S. Navy, Crowe served as commander in chief in several areas, including the U.S. Pacific Command, Allied Forces in Southern Europe, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and the Middle East Forces. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1985 until his retirement from the Navy in 1989.

In 1993-94, Crowe chaired the President's Foreign Intelligence Board, and from 1993 to 1997 he was U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. In 1998, he chaired the State Department's Accountability Review Board that investigated the bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Currently he is a senior adviser for Global Options, an international crisis management firm in Washington, D.C.

He has held academic positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, George Washington University and the University of Oklahoma. He co-authored two books, The Line of Fire and Reducing Nuclear Danger: The Road Away from the Brink. He received four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, and in 2000 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.