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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Norwich hosts a talk by Admiral Thad Allen on leading through crisis

For Immediate Release
Nov. 16, 2010

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…Allen shares with the Central Vermont community his extensive experience as national incident commander of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico …

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory for this fall’s Todd Lecture Series.

Allen will speak on “Leading through Crisis and Times of Change.”

Allen served as the 23rd commandant of the US Coast Guard. He is best known for his widely-praised performance directing federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most recently he served as national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Throughout the course of his 40-year career with the Coast Guard, Allen’s no-nonsense leadership style and competency won him the respect of government leaders who saw him as a man who confronted challenges by capturing and focusing the passion, energy and efforts of diverse stakeholder groups toward achieving common goals.

Most recently at the center of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill when he was appointed by President Obama to lead the country’s efforts to end and clean up the spill, Allen believes that leadership starts with bringing people together, agreeing on goals and creating a unity of effort to solve intractable crises.

As we live in times where the extraordinary is becoming more ordinary, Allen helps audiences understand that importance of preparation, preventative readiness and ensuring that you can manage a crisis before a crisis manages you and your business.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of US Army retired Maj. Gen. and Norwich President Emeritus W. Russell Todd, ‘50, and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the University. With this series, Norwich reaches out to bring important, significant lecturers to campus.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu