New Director of The Eisenhower Center Announced

Collaborative Partnership Between UNO and National D-Day Museum Advances

Vision of Stephen Ambrose

Mar 09, 2006, 00:00 ET from The National D-Day Museum from ,University of New Orleans

    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.
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     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
     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