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Top Military Intelligence Officer/Pittsburgh Native to Keynote Alumni Luncheon DU Grad Hayden is Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Duquesne alumnus Gen. Michael V. Hayden, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, will return to his native Pittsburgh to give the keynote address at the University’s annual Downtown Alumni Luncheon on Friday, March 31 at the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.  He will address the importance of his current post and will discuss how his alma mater and Pittsburgh roots have influenced who he is today.

The nation’s highest-ranking military intelligence officer, Hayden is a Four-Star Air Force General and responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the national intelligence program.  The Office of National Intelligence was established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a new federal entity coordinating information gathering, analysis and reporting functions of 16 agencies that make up the Intelligence Community, including all military branches and civilian operations such as the FBI and CIA.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood, Hayden entered active duty after earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in American history in 1969 from Duquesne University.  He is a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and has served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center.  He has served in senior staff posts in the Pentagon, U.S. European Command Headquarters, the National Security Council and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria.  Hayden also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea. Most recently, he served as director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.

Duquesne University Law School Dean Donald J. Guter, L’77, will serve as master of ceremonies at the Downtown Alumni Luncheon.  One of the University’s largest annual alumni events, the lunch is expected to draw nearly 1,000.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.  Hayden’s address will follow lunch, at about 12:30 p.m.  Admission is $30 per person.  To make reservations, call the Duquesne University Events Office at 412.396.5131 or e-mail universityevents@duq.edu.

More information about the Office of the Director of National Intelligence can be obtained by visiting www.dni.gov.

Media must RSVP to Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051, or Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154, in Public Affairs at Duquesne University.

Media bringing equipment must arrive by 11 a.m. for security checks. For more information, contact Ross Feinstein of DNI,  202.395.7957 or 240.535.4096 (cell).

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