NEWPORT, R.I. – The U.S. Army general who made world headlines when he exposed prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq will return to his alma mater to host a reception and present a lecture on “Leadership and Accountability.” This first event in the Graduate Speaker Series is open to Salve Regina graduate students by invitation only.
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (retired), who earned a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina in 1988, served 34 years on active duty in the U.S. Army. Following a private reception with graduate students, he will present his lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in O’Hare Academic Center. He will speak for about 45 minutes, after which a 15-minute question and answer session will be conducted.
Note to editors: While Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba’s lecture on “Leadership and Accountability” is not open to the general public, interested members of the media are invited to cover it.
“Ethics in leadership is a topic relevant to all academic programs at Salve Regina and we’re especially proud at the graduate level to be welcoming Maj. Gen. Taguba to campus,” said Traci Warrington, dean of professional studies. “He is a great role model for accountability and decision-making, and we look forward to hearing him share his experiences and wisdom.”
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Taguba served as Deputy Commanding General for Support, Coalition Forces Land Component Command/ARCENT/Third Army, forward deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. He was responsible for overseeing the logistical and support services to U.S. and Coalition Forces totaling more than 150,000 troops conducting combat operations.
Currently, he is president of TDLS Consulting, which provides business consulting services to small companies and non-profit organizations committed to mentoring and professional development of military and civilian leaders. He is also chairman of the non-profit Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors program, an all-volunteer organization comprised of military and civilian professionals committed to mentoring and promoting professional development, retention and the advancement of Asian American Pacific Islander leaders.
Maj. Gen. Taguba is the recipient of numerous military awards, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
In addition to his M.A. in international relations from Salve Regina, Taguba earned a B.A. in history from Idaho State University, an M.A. in public administration from Webster University, an M.A. in National Security & Strategic Studies from the U.S. College of Naval Command and Staff. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College and he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco.
Salve Regina University offers nine master’s degree programs with options for concentrations and a doctoral program in humanities. In addition, many graduate programs provide options for four-course specialty graduate certificates. Classes are offered at the Newport campus, the Pawtucket, R.I. site and both online and hybrid formats in condensed eight-week and full semester sessions.
The master’s programs are comprised of administration of justice, business administration (M.B.A.), healthcare administration and management, holistic counseling, holistic leadership, humanities, international relations, management and rehabilitation counseling. The university also offers a Ph.D. in humanities.