Fordham University

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

General (Ret.)

Colin L. Powell was nominated by President Bush on December 16, 2000 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Powell was the chairman of America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people.

Secretary Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General. His last assignment, from October 1, 1989 to September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Following his retirement, Secretary Powell wrote his best-selling autobiography,My American Journey, which was published in 1995. Additionally, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad.

Secretary Powell was born in New York City on April 5, 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Secretary Powell was educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC in New York City and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.

Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations.

Secretary Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.

Secretary Powell is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama. The Powell family includes son Michael; daughters Linda and Anne; daughter-in-law Jane; and grandsons Jeffrey and Bryan.

General John M. Keane

Currently Senior Managing Director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity and consulting firm. Previously, he was President of GSI, LLC, an independent consulting firm.  He is Senior Advisor to Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and Co., a private equity firm, and an Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of URS Corporation. General Keane, a four-star general, served in the U.S. Army for 37 years. He was Vice Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the Army from 1999 until his retirement in October 2003. During his four years in that role, he managed operations for more than 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in over 120 countries, as well as an annual budget in excess of $100 billion. Prior to becoming Vice Chief of Staff, General Keane served as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United States Atlantic Command from 1998 to 1999. General Keane also is a Director of General Dynamics Corporation and a member of the Board of Managers of Allied Security Holdings LLC. He is a military contributor and analyst with ABC News and is a Member of the United States Department of Defense Policy Board, a commissioner on the Congressional Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the George C. Marshall Foundation, a director of the Knollwood Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee, Pentagon Memorial Fund, chairman of the Terry Maude Foundation and chairman of the Senior Executive Committee, Army Aviation Association of America. General Keane received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fordham University and a master’s degree in philosophy from Western Kentucky University. General Keane also has received honorary doctorate degrees in law and public service from Fordham University and Eastern Kentucky University, respectively. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. General Keane has been a Director of MetLife and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company since October 2003.

Major General Wheeling

MG Wheeling received her Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, New York City in 1975. During her nursing studies at Columbia she was enlisted in the Army Student Nurse Corps and was commissioned a first lieutenant upon graduation. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University in 1980 and was board certified as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1986. She graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1989 and received a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2001.

MG Wheeling served in a variety of clinical assignments within the Army Medical Department spanning all three Army components. Assignments at Fort Ord, Calif., Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Colo., and Fort Bragg, N.C., provided clinical experience within Active Component TDA units where she served as Clinical Head Nurse in a variety of outpatient settings. While assigned to Womack Army Community Hospital, Fort Bragg, and Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, her expertise and experience enabled her to develop and implement the role of an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, thereby establishing the template for advanced Oncology nursing practice at both of these facilities.

MG Wheeling served with the U.S. Army Reserve, 312th Evacuation Hospital, Greensboro, N.C., and the 3264th Augmentation Hospital, Durham, N.C., during her graduate studies at Duke University. She joined the West Virginia Army National Guard upon release from active duty in 1984, and served as the State Chief Nurse, West Virginia Army National Guard for five years, overseeing the medical deployment of West Virginia National Guard forces in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She transferred to the New York Army National Guard in 1991 and served in variety of command and staff positions to include State Chief Nurse and Deputy Commander, State Area Command Medical Detachment. She was selected in 1999 to serve a Title 10 AGR tour as Chief of Clinical Services, Chief Surgeon’s Office, National Guard Bureau where she was responsible for the development, interpretation and implementation of medical operational, medical training and healthcare policy for the Army National Guard. In October 2002, she was selected as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs, Office of the Surgeon General. In October 2005, MG Wheeling was selected as the Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard.

In her civilian role, MG Wheeling has worked as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Southern West Virginia Clinic, Beckley, W.V., and as an Oncology Nursing Consultant, lecturing extensively in both professional education and community health education forums.

MG Wheeling’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster and bronze oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with silver hourglass), Army Superior Unit Award, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the hallmark of clinical and academic expertise, the Surgeon General’s 9A proficiency designator.

Major General Kasulke

MG Kasulke is a graduate of Fordham University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1971 and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration in 1996. He earned his degree in Medicine in 1975 and is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College, class of 1999.

MG Kasulke was directly commissioned in the Medical Corps in 1980 following graduation from medical school while completing a fellowship in Vascular Surgery. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1980 and held assignments as General Surgeon, 5503rd US Army Hospital, 912th Combat Support Hospital and Chief of Surgery, 376th Combat Support Hospital. He commanded Detachments 1, 2 and 3 of the 310th Field Hospital and the 865th Combat Support Hospital. He was appointed as the Commander of the 8th Medical Brigade in May 2001. He was appointed in 2005 to his current position as the Deputy Surgeon General Mobilization, Readiness & Reserve Affairs, Office of the Surgeon General.

His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Training Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He was recently named a Distinguished Member of the Medical Regiment by Surgeon General. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

In his civilian career, MG Kasulke has an office-based practice specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of patients who suffer from venous disease. He is board certified in both general and vascular surgery. He is also the Medical Director of the Hospice of Jefferson County.