Dr. Robert Ivany, President of University of St. Thomas and former President of U.S. Army War College

Dr. Robert Ivany currently serves as the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas. After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point he served as an armored cavalry officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action and was decorated for valor. He subsequently led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Federal Republic of Germany. When not assigned to troop units, he assisted several nations in the transformation of their armed forces, including stints in Hungary, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He served as the Army Aide to the President of the United States from 1984 to 1986. As the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, he directed a diverse organization of 5500 civilian and military employees based on seven installations in three states and the District of Columbia.

Prior to his retirement from the Army with the rank of Major General, Dr. Ivany had presided over one of the nation's most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; he instituted programs to develop the next generation of military and civilian leaders from the United States and 42 foreign countries to meet the challenges of cultural change, organizational transformation and a drastically altered national security environment. He also served as an assistant professor of history and as a football coach at the Military Academy at West Point. He received a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following his retirement, he joined the faculty of the Columbia School of Business as an adjutant professor in Executive Education. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the Army and his nation.


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