National Security Lecture Series as Wofford College
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Security Lecture Series
at Wofford College
By Van Hipp
• Van Hipp helps offer a comprehensive suite of national
defense services as the chairman of American Defense
International (ADI) in Washington, DC. In addition to
his work at the company, Van Hipp has established the
Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and
National Security at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Designed to create signature events at Wofford College,
the lecture series was founded in 2011 with the purpose
of drawing attention to important international topics. A
Wofford alumnus, Hipp maintains an involvement with
the series by providing funding and participating in the
selection process for each guest speaker.
• Once the lecture series committee chooses a speaker, faculty
members from Wofford’s Department of Government provide
research materials on relevant events for the speaker’s presentation.
Furthermore, several educational departments incorporate content
from the speaker’s presentation into their courses. Students and
members of the public may attend all lectures at no cost.
The most recent lecture took place on December 1, 2014, with
former New York Governor George Pataki as the guest speaker. His
"Challenge of Leadership" presentation involved his work during the
aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other important events
that occurred during his tenure.
To learn more about the International Affairs and National Security
lecture series, visit the series’ webpage at