Distinguished professors Attorney General John Ashcroft and Admiral Vern Clark—popular faculty members on the Regent University campus for several years—will continue their teaching and leadership roles through 2015.
In announcing this news, Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo, said, "The real-world experience and leadership lessons that these two men bring to our students is part of what makes Regent's academic environment so enriching. Our students and faculty consider it a real privilege to learn from them."
Ashcroft has teaching appointments in Regent's School of Law and the Robertson School of Government (RSG), covering subjects including national legal policy, human rights, civil liberties and national security.
"Regent welcomes a full discussion of issues including spiritual values and concerns. Many institutions exclude or severely limit discussion of spiritual concepts; the Regent approach of welcoming the whole truth and complete discussion is most rewarding," said Ashcroft, who has taught at Regent since the spring of 2005. "Regent students are serious performers. During my seven years here, our law students have been national champions in moot court competitions and moot negotiation contests. They have also been formally recognized for writing top quality briefs among the nation's very best."
Besides teaching on campus for several weeks each semester, Ashcroft also teaches a course titled Civil Liberties and National Security at Regent Law's summer program with the European Center for Law and Justice at the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. He hosts numerous events during his times at Regent, and over the past eight years, has welcomed more than 2,000 Regent students to his residence for conversations outside of the classroom.
With teaching appointments in both RSG and the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, Clark covers topics including national security, public management and leadership development.
"I admire people who understand the call to commitment and their faith. I'm a teacher at heart, and I enjoy teaching in any environment, but teaching at Regent is special. Regent students have been inculcated with the challenge to develop as leaders and in their specialty area," shared Clark, who has been at Regent since the spring of 2006. "That means every student at Regent is going through the growth and development process so they can make a difference. And I like being surrounded by people with a vision of their future and the dedication to follow their calling."
During his time on campus, Clark also presents policy briefings and programs for other schools and departments, including Regent's Professional & Continuing Education division, where he has been teaching in a new Homeland Security Certificate program. He often speaks to prospective students, including members of the military who are considering higher education.
The Regent community benefits from the ample and diverse experiences that both distinguished professors bring to the campus.
Serving as Attorney General in the first George W. Bush administration, Ashcroft led the U.S. law enforcement community through the challenging and transformational period following the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. His career of public service began in 1973 as Missouri Auditor. He was later elected to two terms as the state's attorney general and went on to serve as Governor of Missouri from 1985 through 1993. Ashcroft was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, and in 2001 he was appointed the U.S. Attorney General.
Currently, Ashcroft serves as chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC, which provides confidential strategic consulting and crisis counseling to major international corporations. Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005. His Navy experience spans his early days as a lieutenant in command of a patrol gunboat and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has the distinction of being the second-longest serving CNO in history.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Raytheon Company, Rolls Royce North America, and SRI International where he is Chairman of the Board. He serves as a senior advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Business Board, the advisory boards of Fleishman-Hillard, Robertson Fuel Systems LLC (not affiliated with Regent's founding family), Cubic Defense Applications, Inc. and the Executive Committee of Military History.
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