Leadership

TRUSTEES

The Honorable Sean O’Keefe, Chairman The Honorable Sean O’Keefe, Chairman

A longtime public administrator, national security expert, and aerospace industry executive, Sean O’Keefe has served in several top leadership positions in the U.S. government, higher education, and industry. On four separate occasions, he served as a presidential appointee, and in 1993, was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by President George H.W. Bush and then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.

He is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Airbus Group Inc, the U.S. division of the Airbus global aerospace company. Immediately prior to joining Airbus, O'Keefe served as a vice president of the General Electric Company following his service as Chancellor of Louisiana State University.

O'Keefe is the 17th person in Syracuse University history to hold the title of University Professor, the highest faculty rank conferred; he is the Howard and Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, an endowed professorship at the Syracuse Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also a Distinguished Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Mr. O'Keefe began his career as a member of the inaugural class of the Presidential Management Intern program in 1978, and later joined the U.S. Senate, and later joined the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee staff. His undergraduate degree is from Loyola University, New Orleans, where he was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Ambassador (Ret.) Dell L. Dailey Ambassador (Ret.) Dell L. Dailey

Dell Dailey is currently the Distinguished Chair at the United States Military Academy’s Combating Terror Center and the President of Dell Dailey and Family, a consultant to the U.S. Government. He serves on numerous boards of directors and advisors, including former service as advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Center for Ethics and Rule of Law.

Prior to his current work in the private sector, he served as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State with the rank of Ambassador at Large. As the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism matters, he was responsible for taking a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners to that end.

Ambassador Dailey served over 36 years on active duty in the United States Army. He reached the rank of Lieutenant General as the Director of the Center for Special Operations (CSO), U.S. Special Operations Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As the Director, Lieutenant General Dailey developed the first National level combatting terror series of OPLANS for all the DoD combat commands.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree with concentration in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1971, and earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1994. In 2008, Ambassador Dailey was recognized by his peers and the Association of Graduates as the youngest Distinguished Graduate from the United States Military Academy. In 2010, he was inducted into the US Army Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

Robert J. Remenar Robert J. Remenar

Robert Remenar is past President and CEO of Chassix Inc. (2012-2014), and Nexteer Automotive (2009-20012). He has served as Vice President, Delphi Corporation, and President, Delphi Steering, and prior executive positions with Delphi between 1998 and 2001. He also has extensive executive and managerial experience with General Motors.

With over two decades of experience leading global, multi-billion dollar manufacturing enterprises with diverse product lines, Mr. Remenar brings highly principled, inspirational, creative, and team-focused vision to various corporations in the automotive, technology, and metalworks fields. He is known for optimizing organizations and creating value at every level. His talent for turning distressed and developing businesses into profitable, successful global enterprises relies on customer diversity, lean manufacturing processes, portfolio, and footprint optimization and competitive cost structures.

Mr. Remenar is a current board member of PKC Group, Cooper-Standard Automotive, PurePower Technologies and Arcadia Metalcraft. He is a past board member of Nexteer Automotive, Stackpole International and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

His education includes an MBA and Professional Accountancy degrees from Walsh College and an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University.

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