Notable alumni in National Security

Tiger Tracks for career in National Security

David Grisdale '08 David Grisdale '08
Commander, Bravo Company, 2-34 AR, U.S. Army,
Fort Riley, KS  

David was an Applied Mathematics major with a minor in National Security Studies and Military Leadership. He was a member of Army ROTC all four years of college, as well as a Society of '91 graduate and a Student Senator. At graduation, David was commissioned as an Armor Officer. He graduated from Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Scout Leaders Course, and Ranger School. His first deployment was as the Battalion Scout Platoon Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He now is the commander of Bravo Company, 2-34 AR in Fort Riley, KS. He will attend Maneuver Captains Career Course in December 2012.

Tim McKay '96 Tim McKay '96
Captain, Chesterfield Fire and EMS Department,
Chesterfield, VA

In addition to serving as the editor of The Tiger and as a Resident Advisor, Tim volunteered as a student with both the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department, attaining the rank of Chief during his senior year. After H-SC, Tim broadened his public service by working with the Virginia State Police for several years before becoming the Fire Chief of the Town of Farmville. He is now a Captain in the Training and Education Unit for the Chesterfield Fire and EMS department.

Christopher Bishop '95Christopher Bishop '95 LinkedIn
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Taipei, Taiwan

A History and Political Science double major, Christopher studied abroad in China, Germany, and on the Virginia Program at Oxford.  He served as President of the Union-Philanthropic Society his senior year and was tapped for Omicron Delta Kappa. After graduation he taught English in China and pursued graduate studies in history and international relations at Oxford and Georgetown. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 2002 and has served overseas in China and Japan, and in Washington as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is currently studying advanced Chinese at the American Institute in Taiwan and will begin a new assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in 2015. 

Bill Wright '94Bill Wright '94
Staff Director & General Counsel, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee,
Washington, DC

Bill studied political science and national security and played rugby while at Hampden-Sydney. During summers Bill interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bob Inglis, serving as Legislative Assistant after graduating. He attended DePaul University College of Law, clerking for then Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He has held several positions in the U.S. Department of State, dealing with counterterrorism and law enforcement. In 2010, Bill began his current position in the U.S. Senate, where he serves as national and homeland security advisor to ranking member Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and handles legislative and oversight responsibilities of the Committee.

Hal Lackey '85Hal "Trey" Lackey '85
Foreign Service Officer, South Asia Bureau, U.S. State Department,
Washington, DC

Trey Lackey graduated with a bachelor's in history. He was an infantry officer with the United States Marine Corps from 1986 to 1990, assigned to the US Embassy in Turkey. Trey left the Marine Corps as a Captain to join the staff of Virginia Congressman French Slaughter, Jr. He soon moved to the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. He has completed overseas tours for the State Department in Vienna, Ankara, Berlin, New Delhi, and Baghdad. He now works in Washington with particular attention to issues dealing with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Robert Livingston '78Robert Livingston '78
Major General, US Army, Adjutant General for South Carolina

After graduation, General Livingston enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was commissioned through the Palmetto Military Academy, Officer Candidate School, in 1980 as the Top Honor Graduate. As Adjutant General, he is head of the Military Department of the state of South Carolina, administering the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, Youth Challenge, and Americorps. General Livingston is also President, CEO, and owner of Gregory Electric Company, Inc., a provider of commercial and industrial electrical and telecommunications services in nine states.

If you would like to speak with men like these, please contact the Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office at (434) 223-6106.