Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner
Greetings from the Robertson School of Government! As spring arrives here in lovely southern Virginia, we are all beginning to enjoy the daffodils, dogwoods, and anticipate returning to Virginia Beach's lovely shoreline.
In this edition of the newsletter, you will meet distinguished professor of government, Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.) who served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in the United States Navy and is a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Each year he lectures in the fall and spring semesters here at RSG. We also feature one of our newest alumni, Gabrielle Jackson, who worked for years in California politics before earning her M.A. in Government at RSG. Our student profile this month is Keelyn Geoghean, one of Regent University's Student Ambassadors, who spent five years working as an EMT prior to coming to Regent in 2012.
RSG continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of events which last month included a private luncheon for our students with university founder M.G. "Pat" Robertson. As we celebrate RSG's past 30 years, I hope you will join us as we move forward in establishing the next 30 years, perhaps by choosing to come here yourself as a student, sending your students here, or supporting RSG in some other way.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government
For more details as well as our calendar of speakers, seminars, and events, please see our webpage.
"He is bold; he is purposeful. He's also passionate. He has taken on the right fights and been willing to do so for the good of the Navy to be sure - but also, for the good of the armed forces and for the good of our country. He leaves a stronger and more capable Navy to the benefit - the great benefit of the United States of America," said former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about Admiral Vern Clark USN (Ret.).
From his early days as a lieutenant in command of a patrol gunboat to the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Clark has led by example. After a distinguished 37-year Navy career, Clark became the second longest serving CNO in history when he retired in 2005.
Today, he serves as distinguished professor in the Robertson School of Government. Clark teaches on topics such as national security, public management and leadership development. "I admire people who understand the call to commitment and their faith. I'm a teacher at heart, and I enjoy teaching in any environment, but teaching at Regent is special. Regent students have been inculcated with the challenge to develop as leaders and in their specialty area," shares Clark. "That means every student at Regent is going through the growth and development process so they can make a difference. And I like being surrounded by people with a vision of their future and the dedication to follow their calling."
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Clark attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in August 1968. Clark served on surface ships and commanded the USS Grand Rapids, USS McCloy, USS Spruance, and directed several surface commands. He was also Commander Second Fleet and Commander U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In joint billets, he served as Director of Operations (J-3) and then Director of the Joint Staff.
As Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Clark led the Navy through the initial phases of the Global War on Terrorism, launched in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The Navy that he helped equip, train, and deploy overseas was key to the defeat of Taliban and al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein's military in Iraq. Clark is also known for leading the Navy through a period of significant change and renewed vision. One of Clark's signature measures was Sea Power 21, a strategic approach that focused on employing the fleet in the littoral reaches of the world and projecting sea power ashore.
His Fleet Response Plan changed the Navy's dynamic from permanently stationing much of the fleet in distant waters to surging the fleet from the United States in times of major crisis. But his number one priority was to "win the battle for people," which led to the development of a 21st century human capital strategy and revolution of the training, development and assignment processes within the Navy. The results included the best recruiting and retention in history and personnel policies that improved the quality of life for sailors and their families.
Finally, he forged an effort to build the Navy as an enterprise which would be able to compete in the 21st century market place leading to billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayers of the nation and the highest operational readiness the Navy had witnessed in decades. Admiral Clark earned his undergraduate degree from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. He has since received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo, Old Dominion University, Northwest University and Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Admiral Clark serves on the Board of Directors of Raytheon Company, Rolls Royce North America, Horizon Lines, the World Board of Governors of the USO, and SRI International where he is Chairman of the Board. In the world of education he was elected to the Board of Trustees/Visitors at Regent University, Vanguard University and Air University. Admiral Clark and his wife, Connie, reside in Arizona and Virginia.
The former Chief of Naval Operations is considered a visionary with a bold, purposeful approach to leadership. Clark attributes his success to investing in human capital. "You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. I'm both thrilled and honored to be able to invest in the lives of Regent students."
"911 – What is your emergency?" For five years, this was the call Keelyn Geoghean answered hundreds of times as a professional Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). As a first responder, she dealt with accidents and other life-threatening situations. While providing immediate care to patients as an EMT can be stressful, she says, "I truly enjoyed working as an EMT; I was challenged in many ways."
Looking back, she says being an EMT taught her that small acts of kindness, a simple smile, and being courteous makes all the difference in the world when serving people. Today, Geoghean is answering a different call – the call to RSG. "Last year I felt called to go back to school, more specifically, to Regent's School of Government."
Upon her arrival at Regent after five years of working, Geoghean found getting back into the mindset of graduate school a challenge. But, the professors helped: "All of my professors have such a passion for what they are teaching and it is contagious," she says. "RSG professors have first-hand knowledge about the subjects they teach. They emphasize that we can make moral arguments in the public sphere."
During her first semester, Geoghean applied and was accepted to represent Regent University as a Student Alumni Ambassador (SAA). SAA is a volunteer organization that works to foster strategic, yet effective communication within an established support network between the students, alumni and the public.
This has allowed her to demonstrate Regent University hospitality to many guests while attending world-class events. For instance, she served at Regent's Clash of the Titans event in October, featuring former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
She came to Regent armed with a Bachelors of Art in History from Messiah College. Geoghean is inspired by the public service example of her favorite political figure, George Washington. She notes, "He was a strong man of God who led his life by example showing that a great leader is a servant first."
She moves fast and with vision: California native and recent RSG graduate Gabrielle Jackson has landed in the nation's capital working for The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics (IFWE). She completed her M.A. in Government in December 2012, taking most of her coursework online.
Jackson, a former California Senate Fellow worked in the California State Legislature. Accepted into the competitive Capital Fellows program, Jackson was awarded a year-long fellowship to engage in policy-making and public service in the California state government.
"I cut my teeth on politics as a Senate Fellow. My time in the Senate provided me insight into the inner-working of the political world that few experience. I worked on many issues including tax and education reform, banking and finance and legislation that helped at-risk youth earn their GED," she says. "My time in the Legislature reinforced my beliefs about the importance of being a Christian and standing up for truth."
A first generation college graduate, Jackson graduated suma cum laude from William Jessup University with a degree in Public Policy and Theology. When deciding to pursue her Master's degree, the Robertson School of Government was her choice.
Jackson began her education with Regent as an online student while working full-time for a California senator. As a full-time student in the School of Government, she learned to juggle the workload of a demanding career and graduate school.
"I did my degree entirely online which allowed me to incorporate my academics with my profession making my graduate experience at Regent incredibly relevant," she says. "I could write a paper over the weekend on taxation policy and public budgeting systems and then apply it on the job on Monday. Not many programs can beat that."
Concerned about the online learning experience, Jackson says her questions were answered by the excellent quality of the Regent online programs, which are ranked among the best nationally by U.S. News and World Report magazine. "Being a distance student, I had concerns about lacking the community and the interaction of a traditional classroom," she says.
But the personal telephone call from RSG Professor Philip Bom a day after the end of a legislation session demonstrated RSG's faculty commitment to non-traditional students. That she was she was looking for.
Jackson is thinking ahead — her aspirations include starting a think-tank that equips Millennials to develop real world solutions to challenges facing America. She observes, "I believe in the power of generational collaboration and utilizing the skills and expertise of young and old alike to discover creative and pragmatic approaches to political and societal challenges. I also have a strong passion to inspire others and help them discover their destiny."
RSG continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of events, including a private luncheon for our students with university founder M.G. "Pat" Robertson on the theme, "Christians and Public Service."
The Robertson family is no stranger to public service: Pat Robertson's father, A. Willis Robertson, served first as an Army officer during World War I and then went on to serve his country for four decades as a congressman and senator. Chancellor Robertson is best known for his decades of work in the church. However, during this 30th anniversary event, we focused attention on some of his public service outside of that realm.
For instance, as a young man he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and over the course of his career he has been awarded numerous humanitarian awards for the work of the aid organization he founded, Operation Blessing International (OBI). OBI has provided nearly $500 million in donations and matching funds from other organizations to assist nearly 130 million people in 50 states and 71 foreign countries.
Many younger students do not realize that Pat Robertson was also a GOP presidential candidate in the 1988 elections, arguing that he could best carry on the tradition of political conservatism and strong defense associated with outgoing president Ronald Reagan. Chancellor Robertson discussed the ups and downs of political campaigning and his primary wins in places like Washington and Hawaii. Perhaps most importantly, he credits campaign lessons learned about building an organization with the establishment of the Christian Coalition. It was the Christian Coalition that went on as a grassroots organization to influence state and national races throughout the 1990s.
Following a time of question and answers with RSG students, Chancellor Robertson concluded, "I am proud of what the Robertson School of Government is doing... preparing Christian leaders to change the world!"
RSG Dean Hosts Regent Conservative Union
Dr. Eric Patterson, dean of the Robertson School of Government, shares a meal with students at his home on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Read the full story.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Regent University main campus
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Regent University Chapel Grand Opening Celebration
March 20-23, 2013
Regent University main campus
Reflections with Dr. Joseph Kickasola
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Regent University, Special Invite only
Spring Policy Briefing with Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Regent University, Robertson Hall, RH 114
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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RSG 2013 Commissioning and Commencement
Friday, May 3, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Regent University, Robertson Hall
US Army TRADOC Band, Armed Forces Day Concert
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Regent University, Communications Building, Main Theatre
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Robertson School of Government and
School of Communication and the Arts
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