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National Security Expert, UMaine Alum to Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy

Contact: Peter Fandel, 581-1835

ORONO — F. William Smullen, III, a 1962 UMaine graduate and director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University, will address the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bangor Public Library.

The title of Smullen’s talk is “A Decade of Crisis and Correction.”

According to Smullen, many of the events of the past decade had national security implications that can serve as a map of what happened and also as a compass to help anticipate what lies ahead for this country and its place in the world.

Prior to Smullen’s appointment at Syracuse University, he was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and of the U.S. Department of State beginning in January 2001. As principal advisor to the Secretary, 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.

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

Among his career accomplishments, he has been elected to Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Hall of Fame, the University of Maine ROTC Hall of Fame, and he was the recipient of the University of Maine 2007 Alumni Career Award, the highest honor presented by the UMaine Alumni Association.

Smullen also will provide the presentation for the School of Policy and International Affairs at UMaine at 4 p.m. in D.P. Corbett Business Building, Room 115. Those interested in attending either presentation are asked to RSVP via email to Peter Fandel at or call (207) 581-1835.

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