Four-Star General to Speak at MSU

General Wesley Clark, one of the most prominent and decorated military leaders in the United States, will be speaking at MSU Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Clark, a retired Army general, has been awarded numerous honors and declarations, including the Silver Star, Purple Heart, the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Internationally, he has received honorary knighthoods from both the British and Dutch governments and is highly acclaimed for providing knowledgeable insight into global current events.

From 1997 to 2000, Clark served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe of NATO, the central command of NATO military forces. During that time, he commanded significant operations in the Kosovo War, eventually leading to the end of the Yugoslav Wars.

Since retiring from the United States Military in 2000, he has become a prominent voice in politics and leadership and even began a campaign for president in 2004. He is now a chairman of Growth Energy, a prominent ethanol lobbying group. Clark has written three bestselling books including “Waging Modern War,” “Winning Modern Wars” and “A Time to Lead.”

According to Carmen McSpadden, director of the Leadership Institute, Clark’s speech will be “focused on leadership for the 21st century, including globalization and international economics.”

His speech will be followed by a 35-minute student panel question-and-answer session, in which current topics will be discussed and deliberated.

McSpadden emphasized the importance of the event to MSU students, saying “as a four-star general and a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, [Clark] brings an important perspective to military events, current world events and the cycles that occur in world affairs-including details and history around current world conflict and strategies.”

She continued to say that the Leadership Institute anticipates a large turnout to the event, and a high demand for tickets.

The event  is sponsored by The MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, the MSU Office of the President, Montana Humanities Institute, Division of Student Success, Veterans Services, MSU Parent Family Association and Phi Kappa Phi. The lecture will be held at the MSU Strand Union Ballrooms at 7:30 pm on March 5. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students, $8 for general admission and are available through TicketsWest, the Bobcat Ticket Office and the SUB AskUs Desk.