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Dr. Clifford Stanley to Deliver Stillman College's Commencement Address


TUSCALOOSA, Al. (April 29, 2014) —Stillman College today announced that retired United States Marine Corps infantry officer, Dr. Clifford L. Stanley will deliver its 138th Commencement address on May 10th at 9:00 a.m. on it’s historic Sheppard lawn.

Dr. Stanley, served 33 years in uniform with his last position as Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia. Additionally, he served as the Marine Corps Principal Representative to the Joint Requirements Board that supported the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in carrying out his responsibilities.

In February 2010, Dr. Stanley assumed the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, he was the senior policy officer advisor to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel, 680,000 DoD civilians, and was responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness. He was also a White House Fellow where he served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Upon his retirement from the military, he served as Executive Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania and later served as the President of Scholarship America, the nation's largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship organization. Currently, he is the CEO of The EGA Group, an executive coaching company that develops leaders and leadership teams.

Secretary Stanley is a graduate of South Carolina State University with an earned Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, graduating with honors. His formal military education includes Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College, Honor Graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and National War College. Dr. Stanley earned his Doctorate Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from South Carolina State University and Spalding University. He also holds a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from The Medical University of South Carolina.

Founded in 1876, Stillman College is a liberal arts institution located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with a commitment to fostering academic excellence and providing high quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparation. Stillman is a teaching institution with a proud tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society.

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