Feb 19, 2009 Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
Twelveth Annual Stockdale Leadership Symposium
Guest Speaker: Ret. ADM William Fallon
The University of San Diego hosted the James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium Feb. 19 on campus at Shiley Theatre. Admiral William J. “Fox” Fallon, U.S. Navy (Retired), whose 45-year career culminated with his assignment as Commander of U.S. Central Command from March 2007 to March 2008 was the keynote speaker. The University of San Diego and NROTC Unit use the Leadership and Ethics Symposium as a means to integrate the principles of philosophy into professional life. The San Diego NROTC Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Woolley, pointed out that there is a linkage between the standards of both institutions. “The support by the university for our unit, and in particular for the James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium, is a reflection of the deeply held values shared by the U.S. Navy and the University of San Diego.”
USD President Dr. Mary E. Lyons delivered this year’s welcoming remarks, and Dr. Tom Grassey, Capt., U.S. Navy (Retired), U.S. Naval Academy Stockdale Center Fellow, introduced the guest speaker to nearly 700 professors, students, scholars, and military personnel. Fallon’s speech focused on the responsibility of leadership throughout the world. It cautioned the audience to “do their homework” and understand how personal decisions and perspectives influence the political climate of institutions. Following a question-and-answer session, Vice President of University Relations, Dr. Timothy O’Malley, delivered closing remarks.
In attendance were Vice Admiral Stockdale’s widow, Mrs. Sybil Stockdale, and their son, Taylor Stockdale. Additionally, there were more than twenty-five retired flag officers and five active or reserve flag officers, including: Rear Admiral Hunter, Naval Medical Center San Diego; Rear Admiral Drennan, Fleet Anti-Submarine and Mine Warfare Command; Rear Admiral Wright, Deputy Commander Navy Region Southwest; and Rear Adm. Penniman, Deputy Commander 3rd Fleet. “We are privileged to have had such a high profile guest as Adm. Fallon,” said NROTC San Diego Executive Officer, Cmdr. Dan Garcia. “This is an indication of the significance of the symposium.”