Retired Military Alumnus to Speak at Westminster
Retired Major General Byron Bagby gave a speech to members of the campus and the local community as a part of the Global Leaders in Residence program at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, in the Lecture Hall of the Coulter Science Center at Westminster College.
“We are pleased that General Bagby has agreed to come and share his life’s lessons with our students,” said Bob Hansen, Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service. “He is a great model of leadership in action for our students to emulate.”
Created in 2011, the Global Leaders in Residence program is designed to bring leaders from a variety of academic and professional fields to campus for two to three days to speak to classes, interact socially with students, consult with faculty and staff, and deliver a campus-wide presentation on their efforts to make a difference in the world.
The program is under the auspices of The Churchill Institute and has two components—the Global Leaders in Residence and the Global Scholars in Residence programs.
Major General Byron S. Bagby of Alexandria, VA., was named to the Westminster College Board of Trustees at the annual May board meeting this past year.
A native of Fulton, Maj. Gen. Bagby was commissioned through the Army ROTC Program at Westminster College in 1978.
Maj. Gen. Bagby has had a long and distinguished career in the military. He has served over 32 years in the U.S. Army and has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award.
His most recent military assignment was as Commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
He has served as Director of Operations for the Allied Joint Force Command of NATO, supervising over 200 people from 26 nations in executing all operational and policy matters associated with the NATO Response Force and the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
During his years of military service, he has managed the largest U.S. Security Assistance Office in the world, in Cairo, Egypt, with annual programs totaling $1.3 billion.
He directed the Joint Forces Staff College, a premiere defense educational institution which educates over 2,500 students annually in ten different programs.
He also served as the Director of the Combined Joint Staff for the Combined Joint Task Force in Afghanistan and worked in numerous leadership posts in the Pentagon.
Currently, Major Bagby is managing partner of BMB Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in executive leadership development, security cooperation and international relations.
In 2011, he was honored by Westminster College with the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award and in 2005, he was the 100th Kingdom of Callaway Supper honoree.