Former CIA Chief John Deutch ’60 To Speak at Amherst College Sept. 12

August 31, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—John Deutch, Amherst College Class of ’60 and the former director of the CIA, will speak on “America’s Energy Future” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson 1882-1943 Lectureship Fund, Deutch’s talk is free and open to the public.

An institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Deutch has been a member of the M.I.T. faculty since 1970. He has published technical papers in physical chemistry, technology, energy, international security and public policy issues, and served in significant government and academic posts throughout his career. In May 1995, Deutch was sworn in as director of Central Intelligence, a position he held until December 1996. Earlier, Deutch had served as the deputy secretary of defense and undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and technology, and in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Deutch has served on the President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee (1980-81), the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (1983), the White House Science Council (1985-89), the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (1997-2001), the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (1990-93), the President’s Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (1996), the Commission on Reducing and Protecting Government Secrecy (1996) and as chairman of the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (1998-99).

Deutch has received fellowships and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Research Fellow 1967-69) and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (Memorial Fellow 1974-75). He has received Public Service Medals from the Department of Energy (1980), the Department of State (1980), the Department of Defense (1994 and 1995), the Department of the Army (1995), the Department of the Navy (1995), the Department of the Air Force (1995) and the Coast Guard (1995). He has also received the Central Intelligence Distinguished Intelligence Medal (1996) and the Intelligence Community Distinguished Intelligence Medal (1996).

After receiving a B.A. in history and economics from Amherst College, Deutch earned the B.S. degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from M.I.T. He holds honorary degrees from Amherst College, University of Lowell and Northeastern University. He serves as director for the following publicly held companies: Citigroup, Cummins, Raytheon and Schlumberger Ltd. He is a trustee of Resources for the Future, the Urban Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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