Ex-aide to Colin Powell to speak

Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 12:50 a.m.
F. William Smullen, III, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
F. William Smullen, III, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

BANGOR, Maine — F. William Smullen III, who was chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, will be the speaker this week at the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum.

The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the lecture hall at Bangor Public Library.

“A Decade of Crisis and Correction” is the title of his talk.

A 1962 graduate of the University of Maine, Smullen will repeat the lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 115 of the D.P. Corbett Business Building on the Orono campus for the School of Policy and International Affairs.

Smullen has been the director of national security studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since June 2003. He is also Maxwell’s senior fellow in national security and a member of the faculty of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a professor of public relations.

Smullen became the chief of staff to Powell in January 2001. As principal adviser to the secretary of state, he was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the formulation and implementation of departmental policies. He was also involved in the planning and development of concept strategy associated with foreign policy matters.

A professional soldier for 30 years, he retired from the U.S. Army in 1993. His military career included a series of infantry and command and staff assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and division levels, as well as several public affairs positions, including media relations officer at West Point and chief of media relations for the Department of the Army. Overseas Army tours took him to South Korea, Panama and twice to Vietnam.

His last assignment on active duty was special assistant to the 11th and 12th chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. and Gen. Powell. Upon leaving active duty, he became the executive assistant to Powell, assisting with the writing and promotion of his best-selling autobiography, “My American Journey,” published in 1995. From 1993 to 2001, he had daily responsibility for managing Powell’s private office and professional activities. Beginning in 1997, he doubled his responsibilities by becoming the chief of staff for America’s Promise — The Alliance for Youth, which Powell chaired from May 1997 to January 2001.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from UM in 1962 and a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1974.

Those interested in attending either presentation are asked to RSVP by e-mail to Peter Fandel at admin@bangorforeignpolicyforum.org or call 581-1835.

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