NEW ORLEANS, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's leading military historians and educators has been appointed as Director of The Eisenhower Center, an interdisciplinary center of excellence of the University of New Orleans and partner institution of The National D-Day Museum. Dr. Allan R. Millett assumes the leadership of the Center which was originally founded by Dr. Stephen Ambrose as The Eisenhower Center for Leadership Studies. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060309/DATH037 ) During Ambrose's founding years as Director, he recorded several thousand oral histories of World War II veterans and established both The Eisenhower Center and The National D-Day Museum as internationally renowned centers for research, education, conferences, publications and films on the WWII years. Dr. Ambrose's work was continued by his first successor, Dr. Douglas Brinkley. Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, President and CEO of The National D-Day Museum, noted, "With this great launching platform from the Ambrose years, we are proud to announce the beginning of a new era of collaboration and partnership in education and research between UNO and The National D-Day Museum. This new chapter will be written by the exceptional new Director of The Eisenhower Center, Dr. Millett, who is highly regarded throughout the world for his scholarship and leadership. Dr. Millett was a great friend of Steve Ambrose and has been an integral part of The National D-Day Museum and our programs since the very beginning." Under Dr. Millett's direction, the Center will advance Ambrose's original vision to encompass the study of the political culture of the United States in the 20th Century and the causes, conduct and consequences of U.S. defense policy and the use of force as an instrument of policy. This period coincides with the life and public career of General/President Dwight D. Eisenhower and includes three major historical epochs: the extension of U.S. power beyond North America (1898-1916), the collapse of European domination and the two world wars (1914-1945) and the U.S.-U.S.S.R. rivalry of the Cold War and the process of global decolonization. The work of the Center also will reflect the Eisenhower legacy of public service, civic leadership and public education. Dr. Millett was previously the Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Professor of Military History at The Ohio State University where he was a veteran of thirty-two years as a faculty member and Mershon Center associate. In 2005, he became a professor emeritus at Ohio State, where he directed sixty-two doctoral dissertations to completion, a national record in his specialty. Dr. Millett is a widely recognized authority on the history of American military policy and twentieth century wars and military institutions. He is author of many books including Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps; The Politics of Intervention: The Military Occupation of Cuba, 1906-1909; The General: Robert L. Bullard and Officership in the United States Army; and In Many a Strife: General Gerald C. Thomas and the U.S. Marine Corps. In the past decade, Millett also has become a specialist of international stature on the history of the Korean War. He began his work on the war as a Fulbright Distinguished Professor, Korean National Defense University, in 1991, and a Fellow of the Korea Foundation, 1996. In this area of scholarship, Millett has written Their War for Korea and A House Burning: The War for Korea. Four of his books are on the required reading list for officers of the U.S. Armed Services and he has contributed original essays to fifteen books on the Korean War, World War II, American historiography, foreign and defense policy and military history. Dr. Millett also has written more than thirty articles for such publications as International Security, The Americas, Armed Forces and Society, Strategic Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, and Military History Quarterly. He has lectured at the Academies and War Colleges of all the U.S. Service branches, as well as the Japanese National Institute of Defense Studies, the German Military History Institute and the Korean Military Academy. Dr. Millett is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His military experience included twelve years of reserve service in infantry units, including command of an infantry battalion, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1989.
SOURCE The National D-Day Museum; University of New Orleans