Ambassador Canavan is Person of the Month – April 2020



Ambassador Canavan is Person of the Month – April 2020
Ambassador Canavan visits with the members of the CGSC Foundation board of trustees during their quarterly meeting Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Mark H. Wiggins)

Ambassador Canavan visits with the members of the CGSC Foundation board of trustees during their quarterly meeting Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Mark H. Wiggins)

Ambassador Canavan speaks with students at Leavenworth High School Dec. 3, 2019, during her first visit to Fort Leavenworth as the CGSC Foundation's DACOR Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy. (Photo by Paige Cox)

Ambassador Canavan speaks with students at Leavenworth High School Dec. 3, 2019, during her first visit to Fort Leavenworth as the CGSC Foundation’s DACOR Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy. (Photo by Paige Cox)

The CGSC Foundation has selected Career Minister (Ret.) Ambassador Katherine Canavan, CGSC Foundation and DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy, as the Person of the Month for April 2020.

“Ambassador Canavan was selected as our CGSC Class of 2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy in September 2019,” said Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox. “She conducted her first visit in December and had a very busy schedule with CGSC and SAMS students, along with engagements with Leavenworth High School, Park University, University of Saint Mary and KU students. Everyone was very pleased with her presentations and her willingness to engage with so many different students and faculty on so many levels.”

Canavan was originally scheduled to make a second trip this month, but travel restrictions and the overall impact of the nationwide COVID 19 virus postponed those plans.

“We’re still working with the DACOR organization (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired) to continue the program and we hope to continue with Ambassador Canavan’s involvement in the near term,” Cox said. “She has a great wealth of knowledge and experience that can add to the quality of the experience for CGSC students and other students at schools we partner with, so we’re looking forward to scheduling her next visit with us.”

Cox said the CGSC Foundation’s DACOR Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy is a program designed to bring recently retired senior national security officials to Fort Leavenworth to enhance the curriculum at CGSC and to allow for interaction by the senior government officials with area universities and the general populace. The program is the result of a partnership with the DACOR organization located in Washington, D.C., and is sponsored locally by the Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice at the University of St. Mary, Park University, and the University of Kansas.

Ambassador Canavan served with distinction as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department retiring in 2011 at the rank of Career Minister (the second highest rank in the Foreign Service, with more than 35 years of diplomatic experience around the globe. She currently serves at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., providing State Department and interagency insights and expertise to classes for general officers and senior executive civilians. She also works independently supporting various military exercises involving interaction with the State Department, U.S. Embassies, the interagency, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

The CGSC Foundation is proud to highlight Career Minister (Ret.) Ambassador Katherine Canavan, the CGSC Foundation and DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy, as the Person of the Month for April 2020.

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