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Dr. Chris Howard is the eighth president of Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh and one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as a Rhodes Scholar, earned a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Chris’s service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. After 9/11, he served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia. Before coming to RMU, Chris was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. He also enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world, working in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group as well as Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. Previously he served on the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, and the MyVA Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Chris is a member of the board of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents Organization. He has received honorary degrees from Centre College, Ripon College, Christopher Newport University, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and he won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He is a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame and a winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and one of 13 members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In addition, he is the founder and a trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings South African college students of color to the US for summer educational and cultural tours. He and his wife Barbara have two children, Cohen and Joshua. Chris is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.