MITRE Mourns Passing of Dr. James R. Schlesinger
BEDFORD, Mass., MCLEAN, Va., March 27, 2014—The MITRE Corporation mourns the passing of Dr. James R. Schlesinger, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Schlesinger was a member of MITRE's board from 1985 until the present.
"Jim was a remarkable man, a visionary leader, and a dedicated public servant who made a difference in the lives of many people over the course of his long and distinguished career," said Alfred Grasso, president and CEO of The MITRE Corporation. "He was a long-time supporter of MITRE and will be greatly missed."
These sentiments were echoed by the Honorable Charles S. Robb, the current vice chairman of the board, who now assumes the role of chairman: "Jim Schlesinger will be best remembered for his dedicated service to our nation's security at the highest and most sensitive levels. To those of us at MITRE, he will be remembered as well for his droll wit and sage counsel. He was truly one of the great leaders of our time."
Dr. Schlesinger's career in government began in 1969 and included appointments as Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy, and Director of Central Intelligence. In 2002, he was appointed by U.S. President George W. Bush to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. In recent years, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and was a member of the Defense Policy Board. MITRE will dedicate its newest building in Northern Virginia to Dr. Schlesinger, with ceremonies to be conducted upon completion of construction.
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