Oct. 16, 2008 – The Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame at the University of Utah will soon include Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), who will be inducted into Utah’s only political hall of fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at noon in the Hinckley Caucus Room in Orson Spencer Hall (OSH 255). The event is open to the public.
Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. and other distinguished guests will gather to honor Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and is one of the country’s leading experts on international policy. His newest book, America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy, co-written with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Carter, was released this month.
Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers said, “The Hinckley Institute is honored to induct Utah native Lt. General Brent Scowcroft into the Hinckley Hall of Fame. General Scowcroft’s career in public service and outstanding contributions in national and international policy are unparalleled.”
In the almost 44 years of the Hinckley Institute, only eight individuals have preceded General Scowcroft into the Hall of Fame. He joins Governors Scott Matheson, Calvin Rampton, Norman Bangerter and Olene Walker, Senators Frank Moss, Wallace Bennett, and Congressmen James Hansen and Wayne Owens.
Scowcroft is one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on international policy. He is the founder and president of The Forum for International Policy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing independent analyses and perspectives on major foreign policy issues. He is also president of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international business advisory firm.
He served as military assistant to President Nixon and as deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs for Presidents Ford and Nixon. Prior to joining the Bush administration, he was vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.
In the course of his military career, Scowcroft held positions in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Other assignments included faculty positions at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and assistant air attaché in the American Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
In addition to these military and policy accomplishments, President George H. W. Bush presented Scowcroft with the Medal of Freedom Award in 1991, the nation’s highest civilian award.
Scowcroft was born in Ogden, Utah. He received his undergraduate degree and commission into the Army Air Forces from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was recently recognized as a Distinguished Graduate. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, as well as multiple honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Scowcroft was married to the late Marian Horner Scowcroft and has one daughter.
Presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Sam Rich Program in International Politics.