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The President’s Fireside Chat is a sub series of the President’s Speaker Series, focusing on local industry leaders and prominent alumni. Hosted by MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., the ongoing series provides an opportunity for an intimate experience for academic courses to engage with local leaders. The series offers a wide range of thought-provoking and conversation inducing ideas and topics. The President’s Speaker Series has brought such dignitaries as U.S. senate candidates, Rep. Leslie Herod, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, among others.
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General McDew served with distinction in our United States military for 36 years. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to lead at all echelons (squadron, group, wing, Air Force Direct Reporting Unit, Numbered Air Force, Air Force Major Command); culminating as the 12th Commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). As a unified combatant command comprised of all the armed services, he served as the senior uniformed officer responsible for global air, land, and sea transportation, and patient movement for the Department of Defense.
General McDew was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1982. His journey began as a pilot and continued through multiple operational leadership roles, commands, and unique assignments at the White House (Military Aide to the President), the Pentagon (Director of Air Force Public Affairs), Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and on Capitol Hill (Chief of Air Force Senate Liaison).
General McDew serves on the Boards of Directors of Abbott Laboratories, USAA, Parsons Corporation, Rolls-Royce of North America, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America, of which he is also a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.
General McDew received his Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, from Virginia Military Institute; his Master of Science, Aviation Management, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Cambridge College.