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Jacques S. Gansler

Roger C. Lipitz Chair of the Center for Public Policy and
Private Enterprise Professor at the School of Public Affairs,
University of Maryland

On January 8, 2000, The Honorable Dr. Jacques S. Gansler joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, where he will hold the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise. Dr. Gansler will teach, and lead the School’s new Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, which will foster collaboration among the public, private and non-profit sectors in order to promote the public interest.

Dr. Gansler was confirmed as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology on November 5, 1997. In this position, he is responsible for all matters relating to Department of Defense acquisition, research and development, logistics, acquisition reform, advanced technology, international programs, environmental security, nuclear, chemical, and biological programs, and the defense technology and industrial base.

Prior to his appointment by President Clinton, Dr. Gansler was Executive Vice President and Director for TASC, Incorporated, an applied information technology company, in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to 1977, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Acquisition); Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Electronics); Vice President, I.T.T.; Program Management, Singer Corporation; and Engineering Management, Raytheon Corporation.

Previously, Dr. Gansler served on numerous special committees and advisory boards to include Vice Chairman, Defense Science Board; Chairman, Board of Visitors, Defense Acquisition University; Director, Procurement Round Table; Chairman, Industry Advisory Board of Visitors, University of Virginia; Chairman, Board of Visitors, University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs; member of the FAA Blue Ribbon Panel on Acquisition Reform; and senior consultant to the "Packard Commission" on Defense Acquisition Reform.

From 1984 to 1997, Dr. Gansler was also a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is an Honorary Professor, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and formerly was a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

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