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Joseph Westphal

MEMBER SINCE: 2017

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Westphal served as the head of the department of political science at Oklahoma State University between 1975 and 1987 and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University while working at the law firm of Patton Boggs.[5] He served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works from 1998 to 2001 and the Acting Secretary of the Army in 2001.[6] He also served as chancellor of the University of Maine System[2] from 2002 to 2006 and was a professor of political science at the University of Maine from 2002 to 2009.[7] He later served as the provost, at The New School in New York City.[8] Westphal was a member of President Obama's Transition Team for Defense[9] and was appointed as the United States Under Secretary of the Army in September 2009. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to Saudi Arabia on March 26, 2014, and sworn in the same day.[10][11] Westphal is a senior global fellow and the Chung Sun Term Professor at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. Westphal is also a senior fellow at the Wharton Leadership Program at UPenn.

History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
Ambassador
The Lauder Institute
Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania
2019
Present
Senior Global Fellow
The Lauder Institute
Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania
2019
Present
Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2014
2017
Under Secretary of the U.S. Army
U.S. Army
U.S. Department of Defense
2009
2014
Chancellor and Professor of Political Science
University of Maine System
2002
2009
Professor
the New School University
2008
2008
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
U.S. Department of Defense
1998
2001
Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1997
1998
Executive Director
Congressional Sunbelt Caucus
United States Congress
1995
1997
Associate Professor of Political Science
Oklahoma State University
1975
1987
Chief Management Officer
U.S. Army
U.S. Department of Defense
Provost
the New School University
Vice President for Research
the New School University
Secretary of the Army (Acting)
U.S Department of Defense
Primary Policy Areas

Primary Sector of Expertise

Federal

Primary Functions

Management Matters Podcast

Grand Challenge: Public Service Spotlight

Public Service Spotlight: Ambassador Joseph Westphal

Season: 1 Episode:56 | May 31, 2021

Show Notes:

On this episode, we welcome Academy Fellow, Ambassador Joseph Westphal, to discuss his career in public administration including his roles at the Department of Defense, the U.S. Congress, and at the State Department as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.


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