Gen. Dempsey to give keynote address at undergraduate ceremony


April 5, 2013

General Martin E. Dempsey will serve as the official speaker for the undergraduate ceremony on May 9 in Sun Devil Stadium.

Dempsey serves as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th chief of staff. Download Full Image

Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from platoon leader to combatant commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.   

As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of Operation Desert Storm. Following Desert Storm, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become armor branch chief in U.S. Army personnel command. From 1996 -1998 he served as the 67th colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Army’s “senior scout” he served on the Joint Staff as an assistant deputy director in J-5 and as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From Sept. 2001 to June 2003, Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. 

In June of 2003, Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as commanding general of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, Dempsey served as the deputy commander and then acting commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming chief of staff of the Army, he commanded U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from Dec. 2008 - March 2011.  

Dempsey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his master's degree in English, he holds master's degrees in military art and in national security studies.  

Dempsey and his high school sweetheart, Deanie, have three children: Chris, Megan and Caitlin. Each has served in the United States Army. Chris remains on active duty. They have seven wonderful grandchildren: Kayla, Mackenna and Finley by Chris and daughter-in-law Julie; Luke and Braden by Caitlin and son-in-law Shane; and Alexander and Hunter by Megan and son-in-law Kory.

Ramón de la Fuente to receive honorary degree


April 5, 2013

Juan Ramón de la Fuente, renown faculty member at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa at the Arizona State University undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 9 in Sun Devil Stadium.

De la Fuente’s career has resulted in many diverse accomplishments that have strengthened Mexico’s health, higher education and scientific research systems. These activities have led to national and international recognition of his leadership in both academic and public service. Download Full Image

After being appointed professor at UNAM’s medical school and director of the university program for health research, he was nominated vice-chancellor for science in 1989, dean of the medical school in 1991 and rector of the university in 1999, a position for which he was unanimously reappointed for a second term in 2003.

In this capacity, he established new centers and research facilities, implemented new undergraduate curricula, updated graduate programs and promoted new models for education using the latest information and communication technologies. This helped meet the growing demand for access to higher education within the country.

Under his rectorship several new research centers were created from diverse disciplines such as genomics, applied physics, earth and the environment, as well as the humanities including education. Facilities were built and staffed outside of México City aimed to decentralize the campus. De la Fuente also fostered affirmative action programs in support of gender equality and scholarships for minority groups. These efforts centered on behalf of indigenous students.

Besides authoring nearly 250 scientific papers, De la Fuente has edited 17 books on topics related to health, education and scientific research. His research on alcohol abuse led to the design of a tool of universal validity for the reliable identification of this problem from its early stages. This tool has been was adopted by the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization and the U.K. Institutes for Clinical Excellence.  

De la Fuente was the Minister of Health of México between 1994 and 1999. As such, he created the National Commission for Protection of Patients Rights. He won a legal struggle to incorporate generic drugs to the market place in México. The health reform he led has benefited 16 million Mexicans who were incorporated into the health system.

He currently directs the seminar for global studies at the University of México and sits on diverse committees and boards.