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Commencement Speaker


Norman R. Augustine
Regent, University System of Maryland

Norman R. Augustine is an aerospace expert whose leadership in technology spans more than 40 years in government, the private sector, and higher education. He is currently a member of the Board of Regents for the 12-member University System of Maryland.

Augustine’s roles in government include acting secretary of the Army, under secretary of the Army, assistant secretary of the Army, and assistant director of defense research and engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Republican and Democratic presidents and was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, which was charged with providing a comprehensive review of national security requirements in the 21st century.

He was a member of advisory boards for the White House, Congress and NASA, as well as the departments of homeland security, energy, defense, commerce, transportation, and health and human services. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. Five times, he has received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration: the Distinguished Service Medal.

In the private sector, Augustine distinguished himself as a savvy businessman, holding executive-level positions at Martin Marietta Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he retired as chairman and chief executive officer in 1997.

He previously served as a lecturer with the rank of professor at Princeton University. He is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and former member of the board of trustees of Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to advancing research.

Augustine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, president and chairman of the Association of the U.S. Army, chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, chairman of the Defense Science Board, and chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering. He was also president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the boards of directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin.

Originally from Denver, Colo., Augustine graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor societies.

He holds 31 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s 50th anniversary. An avid traveler, he has visited more than 100 countries and stood on the North and South Poles.