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Former CIA Director, War on Terrorism

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UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce is sponsoring the event, which honors the longtime director of the Patterson School, the late Vince Davis. Davis was director from 1972 to 1993, while also serving as a consultant to all of the major U.S. government departments involved with international affairs. Davis, who retired from teaching at UK in the late 1990s, died on March 28 of this year.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2003) -- The man who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Carter administration will deliver the inaugural Vince Davis Memorial Lecture at the University of Kentucky Friday, Sept. 26. Retired Navy Admiral Stansfield Turner will speak on the topic, “Where Do We Stand in the War on Terrorism?” at 2 p.m. in the Center Theatre of UK’s Student Center.

UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce is sponsoring the event, which honors the longtime director of the Patterson School, the late Vince Davis. Davis was director from 1972 to 1993, while also serving as a consultant to all of the major U.S. government departments involved with international affairs. Davis, who retired from teaching at UK in the late 1990s, died on March 28 of this year.

“With rare vision and enormous energy, Dr. Davis brought great stature to the University of Kentucky through his guidance of the Patterson School,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “It is fitting that the Patterson School has established this lecture series in his memory.”

Stansfield Turner served as president of the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, R.I., in the early 1970s, during the time Davis was a UK faculty member. From 1977 to 1981, during the admiral’s tenure as CIA director, Davis served as a special adviser to Turner.

“Vince Davis has always been one of my heroes; he was a soldier, a statesman and a scholar all at the same time,” said Michael Desch, who became director of the of the Patterson School July 1, succeeding John Stempel. Stempel, who took over as director of the Patterson School when Davis stepped down in 1993, had high praise for his predecessor. “Vince Davis was one of the Giant Redwoods of our era,” said Stempel. “He was a major figure in his profession, and his loyalty to students, colleagues and friends is legendary.”

Admiral Turner’s lecture is free and open to the public.


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