Anthony Charles Zinni (born September 17, 1943), who received a bachelor's degree in economics from Villanova, is a retired four-star General in the U.S. Marine Corps and a former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
During the week of November 14, General Zinni will serve as a scholar-in-residence at the University, participating in many on-campus events and activities, including the lectures, "The Global Humanitarian Missions of the U.S. Military" and "Factors Shaping the Middle East Over the Next Decade." General Zinni also will attend many Political Science and History classes, and meet individually with Villanova faculty and students in more private settings to share his knowledge and expertise during the week.
General Zinni joined the Marine Corps' Platoon Leader Class program in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from Villanova.
General Zinni has coordinated emergency security and disaster relief operations and other humanitarian aid around the globe in such places as the Philippines, Turkey, Iraq, and Somalia. Since his retirement in 2000, General Zinni has continued to serve his country in a variety of diplomatic positions including special envoy to the Middle East.
Be sure to attend these on-campus events featuring Gen. Zinni.