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(Left) Lawrence J. Korb, PhD '69 moderates a conversation with Gen. Michael Hayden.

Former NSA, CIA Director Michael Hayden Speaks at Inaugural Rockefeller College Leaders in Public Service Program

Retired U.S. Air Force Four-Star Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, was the guest for the inaugural program of Rockefeller College's Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The conversation with Gen. Hayden was moderated by Dr. Lawrence J. Korb (PhD '69), senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and former assistant secretary of defense (1981-85).

Gen. Michael V. Hayden
Over 200 members of the University at Albany community gathered in the Recital Hall at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center for the wide-ranging discussion which capped off a full-day visit to the University during which both Hayden and Korb visited a number of Rockefeller College classrooms to speak with public policy, public affairs and political science students.

"The conversation with Gen. Hayden provided a rare insight into some of the challenges that public servants encounter at the national level, especially when it comes to covert operations and intelligence gathering. It illustrated the constant struggle between keeping the country safe and maintaining the level of transparency the general public demands," said Rockefeller College MPA student Matt Lowney. "This opportunity enhanced my appreciation for public service and intensified my desire to pursue a career in this challenging but rewarding field."

The Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series is designed to enrich the academic experience of public policy, public affairs and political science students by providing opportunities for them to hear from and interact with prominent leaders in public service who represent various policy areas and political points of view. Planning is currently underway for a fall 2014 program.