Georgetown’s Hagel, Alumnus Lew Confirmed as Secretaries of Defense, Treasury
February 28, 2013 – The U.S. Senate has confirmed former senator and SFS professor Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as U.S. Secretary of Defense and alumnus Jacob “Jack” Lew (L’83) as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
Hagel, Georgetown’s Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance, was confirmed Feb. 26, while the Senate confirmed Lew, recently replaced as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff by alumnus Denis McDonough (G’96), on Feb. 27.
McDonough, a recipient of a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (SFS), had been deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration since 2010.
Hagel succeeds Leon Panetta as head of the Pentagon, while Lew replaces Timothy Geithner as Obama’s principal economic advisor.
"It's a pleasure to congratulate Secretaries Hagel and Lew on their recent confirmations," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. "Public service is a defining characteristic of our tradition here at Georgetown, and we're grateful for the extraordinary example that they set for our community."
Wishing Great Success
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.”
When Lew was nominated as Treasury Secretary, Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor extended his “warmest congratulations.”
“Jack’s leadership and distinguished achievements exemplify Georgetown Law’s commitment to public service,” Treanor said.
Lew had served as chief of staff since 2012, following in the footsteps of Jim Jones (L’64), chief of staff to President Johnson from 1965 to 1969 and John Podesta (L’76), chief of staff to President Bill Clinton (F'68) from 1998 to 2001.
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.
Lew held various positions with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before President Bill Clinton (F’68) nominated him director in 1998.
He served in that capacity through Clinton’s second term, and Obama nominated him to the position again in 2010.
Before returning to OMB, Lew was the chief operating officer at the State Department while serving as the first deputy secretary of state for management and resources.