U.S. Air Force Secretary and USC alumnus Michael B. Donley (B.A., International Relations, ’77; M.A., International Relations, ’78) was recently profiled in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of the USC Dornsife Magazine.
Mr. Donley–an Army veteran who served from 1972 to 1975 with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)–was sworn in as Secretary of the Air Force on October 17, 2008. With over 26 years of policymaking experience, he is a recognized expert in national security organization, planning and budgeting.
On Friday, November 19, 2010, the USC School of Social Work hosted a visit from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Secretary Donley, who earned both a B.A. and M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, was sworn in as the Secretary of the Air Force on October 17, 2008.
Secretary Donley’s visit was largely focused on the work being done through the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR). The meeting, which was held in the School of Social Work, was attended by Secretary Donley, Provost Elizabeth Garrett, Dean Marilyn Flynn, Dr. Anthony Hassan, and Dr. Eric Rice.
The conversation centered around bringing together capacity for innovative technology development, university research leadership, strong linkages with the military and the school’s long experience in professional training and credentialization of mental health professionals, especially social workers. The group also discussed a community capacity building model to prevent military suicides and the use of social networking.