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Gen. Wesley Clark to speak March 5 at MSU

January 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

Retired General Wesley K. Clark, one of the nation's most highly decorated military officers, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on March 5 at MSU's Strand Union Building Ballrooms. Tickets for the lecture are $8 for the general public, $3 for students, and go on sale Feb. 1.   High-Res Available

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Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, one of the nation's most highly decorated military officers, will speak at Montana State University at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in the Strand Union Building Ballrooms.

Clark, who retired as a four star general, served as the supreme allied commander and commander-in-chief, U.S. European command, from the summer of 1997 until the summer of 2000.

"A visionary leader, General Clark has a unique knowledge of globalization, international economics and politics making him a prime candidate to offer insights into the future of our nation," said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, a key sponsor of the event.

McSpadden said Clark's speech will be followed by a student panel question-and-answer session.

Clark graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He holds a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. He also received a master's in military science from the U.S. Command and General Staff College.

Clark was wounded while serving in Vietnam, receiving the Silver Star for his actions. He was director of Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Bosnia and Herzegovina conflict. He was appointed to Supreme Allied Commander Europe by President Bill Clinton, serving during the Kosovo War.
After retiring from the U.S. military in 2000, Clark has been involved in national policy. He was a Democratic candidate for president in 2004. He has chaired several public and private companies, is a leader in pursuing energy solutions, and also serves in a number of leadership roles of non-profit public service organizations.

Among his awards and honors are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the State Department's Distinguished Service Award, five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Clark has received honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from foreign governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).

Clark is the author of three bestselling books: "Waging Modern War," "Winning Modern Wars," and "A Time to Lead." He is a commentator on military events who appears frequently on TV and radio speaking about diplomacy, leadership and technology.

Sponsors for "An Evening with General Wesley Clark" are the MSU Office of the President, ASMSU, MSU Leadership Institute, Montana Humanities Institute, Division of Student Success, Veterans Services, MSU Parent Family Association and Phi Kappa Phi.

Tickets for the evening event go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at, the Bobcat Ticket Office and the SUB Ask Us desk. Tickets are $3 for students and $8 for the public.

Doors open for the event at 6:45 p.m. Parking is free on campus after 6 p.m.

For more information about Clark's visit, contact the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or

Carmen McSpadden, (406) 994-7667,