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NATO leader assumes command of APSU's Institute for Global Security Studies

APSU officials have announced that the special assistant to the chairman of the Military Committee at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, has agreed to lead APSUs newly established Institute for Global Security Studies (IGSS).

Col. Joseph Gregory (Greg) Kaufmann Jr., who is concluding a distinguished military career, is eager to assume his duties as director of the IGSS on July 25, 2005.
APSU officials have announced that the special assistant to the chairman of the Military Committee at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, has agreed to lead APSU's newly established Institute for Global Security Studies (IGSS).

Col. Joseph Gregory (Greg) Kaufmann Jr., who is concluding a distinguished military career, is eager to assume his duties as director of the IGSS on July 25, 2005.

APSU President Sherry Hoppe said, “Col. Kaufmann brings to this vital start-up position a proven record of substantive and practical leadership on the national and international levels, as well as financial and resource management experience within the United States Executive Branch. Added to his 30 years of constantly escalating responsibilities within the Army, the Department of Defense and NATO, he has taught at several prestigious institutions, including West Point and Harvard.”

Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell and a member of the selection committee, said, “Col. Kaufmann has excellent interpersonal skills and will be able to relate to first responders, politicians, government employees and especially the military. He has excellent national and international contacts, and he has a good long-range vision for the IGSS.”

Dr. Dewey Browder, professor of history and committee member, concurred. “Col. Kaufmann has experience with both national and international security,” Browder said. “He has an outstanding record of organizing and leading political-military efforts.”

Besides serving as special assistant to the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, during 1997-2001, Kaufmann, who has a Top Secret Security Clearance, was chief of staff and then director of the Balkans Task Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon.

In 2001-02, he was in residence at Harvard University as a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where he represented the U.S. Army and Department of Defense in an international multidisciplinary program, presenting lectures on such topics as national security.

In 1998-99, he was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), teaching a seminar on foreign politics, international relations and the national interest.

A three-year ROTC Scholarship recipient, ROTC Distinguished Military Student and the Distinguished Military Graduate, Kaufmann earned a bachelor's degree in English from Niagara University and a master's degree, also in English, from the University of Pennsylvania.

His second master's degreean M.S. in National Resource Strategyis from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.

In addition to teaching at West Point, Kaufmann has been an invited speaker at many professional conferences and has published extensively in such scholarly publications as “The Harvard International Review.”

Among his multitude of awards and decorations, Kaufmann received the Defense Superior Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is a member of many professional organizations, including the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard Faculty Club, Association of the U.S. Army and the Army Aviation Association of America.

Kaufmann said, “The collaborative context of the (IGSS) director's position will allow me to call on my specific experience and networks across the military, academic and political realms to work with Dr. Hoppe and others to … fulfill her educational vision and achieve her desired outcomes.

“I am ready to devote myself to the Austin Peay community and the Institute's goal to become a leader in education and training in all aspects of homeland security and antiterrorism.”

The IGSS is broad-based, offering education in eight distinct but interdisciplinary areas: medical and investigative sciences; ecoterrorism; law enforcement and emergency services; politics and security in the 21st century; military history; language and ideological training; geoterrorism; and agroterrorism.

Until Kaufmann assumes leadership of the IGSS, please contact Hoppe for more information at (931) 221-7571 or by e-mail at hoppes@apsu.edu.
—Dennie Burke