SFS Professor Hagel Confirmed as Secretary of Defense
February 26, 2013 – The U.S. Senate today confirmed former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who has taught at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) since 2009, as the United States’ 24th Secretary of Defense.
Hagel, Georgetown’s Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance, succeeds Leon Panetta as the head of the Pentagon in the Obama administration.
A senator representing Nebraska from 1997 until 2009, Hagel taught the course 21st Century Geopolitical Realities at Georgetown.
“Georgetown congratulates [former] Senator Hagel on his confirmation as the United States' next Secretary of Defense,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “Our students and faculty at the School of Foreign Service gained tremendous knowledge and deep understanding from his experience and teaching. We shall miss him and wish him great success as Secretary of Defense.”
In addition to teaching at SFS, Hagel is chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Atlantic Council, a non-partisan institution designed to promote constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs.
During his time in the Senate, the Vietnam War veteran served on a number of committees, including Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
While serving on the Committee of Foreign Relations, Hagel served on its subcommittees on Near East Asian and South and Central Asian Affairs, African Affairs, East Asian and Pacific Affairs and International Development.
He was also chair of the Senate Global Climate Change Observer Group and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.