Former CIA director to speak at fall commencement

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tulsa native R. James Woolsey, former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, will address graduates at The University of Tulsa’s fall commencement exercises at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 18 in the Reynolds Center.


Woolsey was born in Tulsa in 1941 and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1959. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Stanford University; a master's degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar from 1963 to 1965; and an LL.B. in 1968 from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

He is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and is a venture partner and senior adviser to VantagePoint Venture Partners. Woolsey chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C., private equity fund Paladin Capital Group, and he is of counsel to the Washington office of the Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.

Woolsey has served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, where he held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. From 1993 to 1995, he was the director of Central Intelligence. Woolsey was Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, 1989-­91; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977­-79; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-­73.

Woolsey also was appointed by the president to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST), 1983-­86. As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), 1969-­70.

From July 2002 to March 2008, he was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, a government consulting firm. He also practiced law in Washington for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate and nonprofit advisory boards and chairs several, including that of the Washington firm, ExecutiveAction LLC. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy and intelligence.

Mona Chamberlin