Obama Intends to Name Howard to NSEB

March 10, 2011

Dr. HowardPresident Barack Obama intends to nominate Dr. Christopher B. Howard as a member of the National Security Education Board (NSEB).  Dr. Howard will continue to serve as President of Hampden-Sydney College.

The 13-member National Security Education Board (NSEB), including representatives from seven Cabinet-level departments and six Presidential Senate-confirmed appointments oversees the National Security Education Program.

Born out of post-mortem analysis from Desert Storm, National Security Education Program (NSEP) was designed to represent a post-Cold War investment in vital expertise in languages and cultures critical to U.S. national security. The purpose of the NSEP is to enhance the national security of the U.S. by increasing our national capacity to deal effectively with foreign cultures and languages. The five major objectives for the program:

1. To provide the necessary resources, accountability, and flexibility to meet the national security education needs of the United States, especially as such needs change over time,

2. To increase the quantity, diversity, and quality of the teaching and learning of subjects in the fields of foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields that are critical to the Nation's interests,

3. To produce an increased pool of applicants for work in the departments and agencies of the United States Government with national security responsibilities,

4. To expand, in conjunction with other Federal programs, the international experience, knowledge base, and perspectives on which the United States citizenry, government employees, and leaders rely, and

5. To permit the federal government to advocate the cause of international education.

The NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act (NSEA) signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on December 4, 1991. The NSEA mandated the Secretary of Defense to create the National Security Education Program to award:

1. Scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas critical to U.S. national security.

2. Fellowships to U.S. graduate students to study languages and world regions critical to U.S. national security

3. Grants to U.S. institutions of higher education to develop programs of study in and about countries, languages and international fields critical to national security and under-represented in U.S. study.

Dr. Christopher B. Howard is the twenty-fourth President of Hampden-Sydney College.  From 2005-2009 he served as the Vice President for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma (OU).  Prior to his position at OU, Dr. Howard worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and in international project management, sales, marketing and strategic planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

He remains a reserve Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, earned a bronze star for his military service in Afghanistan, and is currently the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.

He is a co-founder and trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides travel opportunities and mentors for disadvantaged South African university students.

Dr. Howard is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, and a member of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars Board of Trustees.

Dr. Howard holds an M. Phil. and D. Phil. from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy.