April 7, 2015
Former United States Army general and University of Denver alumnus George W. Casey, Jr. addressed a large contingent of Pioneer student-athletes and Athletics Department staff members on Tuesday, March 31, at the Daniel Ritchie Center's Hamilton Gymnasium, sharing his keys to effective leadership. General Casey was invited to DU as a guest of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
A native, Scituate Massachusetts, Casey received his Master of Arts in international relations from DU in 1980. He went on to enjoy a distinguished military career, working as the Pentagon's Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, the Director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. and the 30thVice Chief of Staff of the Army prior to serving as the senior coalition commander in Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007. He was then appointed the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 10, 2007 where he served until his retirement on April 11, 2011.
Casey, 66, has had a long-standing interest in athletics, having worked with legendary football coach Vince Lombardi during his tenure as head coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
In 1964, scholar and diplomat Josef Korbel founded the school that would become the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. "Since its founding, the Korbel School has been an important part of our community," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said at the School's golden anniversary late last year. "Students learn to become leaders, prepared to take on global challenges."