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News | March 22, 2016

Former President George H.W. Bush Awarded Honorary Degree

By NIU Staff

On March 8, the National Intelligence University presented the Honorable George H.W. Bush with an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree, recognizing the 41st President of the United States as “an exemplar of the highest ideals of service to the security and well-being of the nation.” The honorary degree was presented by NIU President Dr. David Ellison during a small ceremony at President Bush’s Houston office.  Also in attendance were former First Lady Barbara Bush and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Dean of The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University.

President Bush has a long record of distinguished service to his country. As the 41st President of the United States, he was the ultimate consumer of U.S. intelligence. Prior to his service as the Commander in Chief, he was a naval aviator in World War II, Congressman from Texas, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing, Director of Central Intelligence at the CIA, and Vice President of the United States under President Ronald Reagan. Throughout this distinguished career, President Bush was the consummate intelligence consumer and practitioner, balancing the needs of national security and the values of democracy.  Throughout his presidency, he used intelligence as an instrument of national power and in support of foreign policy to our collective best advantage and to great result.

The National Intelligence University takes great pride in recognizing President Bush’s career by awarding him the degree of Doctor of Strategic Intelligence, Honoris Causa.

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