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National Intelligence director will deliver Charter Lecture

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James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will deliver the UGA Charter Lecture April 14 at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel.

Admission to the lecture is free, but will require a ticket due to limited seating. Anyone with a valid UGACard can obtain a ticket at no charge at the third floor cashier’s window in the Tate Student Center beginning at 9 a.m. on April 7. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. UGACard holders must be present to pick up tickets.

The lecture will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems and streamed live at

Clapper originally was scheduled to speak late last year, but rescheduled his October visit due to travel restrictions during a federal government shutdown.

“The Charter Lecture has through the years attracted highly regarded scholars to our campus,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Director Clapper’s lecture promises to be an outstanding addition to the roster of distinguished Charter scholars, and I am grateful to him for rescheduling his appearance at UGA.”

Clapper was sworn in as the fourth director of national intelligence in 2010. In this role, he leads the nation’s intelligence community and serves as the principal intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama.

Prior to becoming director of national intelligence, Clapper served for more than three years in two administrations as the under secretary of defense for intelligence, where he was the principal staff assistant and adviser to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense on intelligence, counterintelligence and security matters for the department. In this capacity, he also served as the director of defense intelligence for two previous directors of national intelligence.

“I am pleased that Director Clapper was able to reschedule his visit to University of Georgia and look forward to his Charter Lecture,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “His insights into the nation’s security and intelligence operations will provide our students and faculty with an invaluable perspective as they reflect on these important issues.”

Clapper’s military career began as a rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated with service as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His intelligence-related positions during his 32 years in uniform included assistant chief of staff for intelligence at U.S. Air Force Headquarters during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and director of intelligence for three war-fighting commands: U.S. Forces Korea, Pacific Command and Strategic Air Command. He also served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47s over Laos and Cambodia.

Following his retirement from the armed forces in 1995, Clapper worked in industry for six years as an executive in three successive companies, his business focus being the intelligence community. Clapper also served as a consultant and adviser to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy and as a member of a variety of government panels, boards, commissions and advisory groups.

Clapper returned to the government in September 2001 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He served as director for five years and transformed it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as it is today.

Clapper earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, which is now the National Intelligence University.