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CGSC Foundation taps six people to serve on board

July 20, 2006

— Six new members, including a retired general, the developer of the Franklin Day Planner and two former ambassadors have joined the board of trustees of the Command and General Staff College Foundation.

Time-management guru Hyrum W. Smith, retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, former U.S. Ambassadors Edward Marks and David Lambertson, and prominent Kansas City businessmen Robert P. Dunn and Robert S. Grant, will immediately assume duties as members of the new foundation's board of trustees, the foundation said in a recent news release.

"These new members are significant and welcome additions to our team," said Robert Arter, the foundation's board chairman, a retired Army lieutenant general and current civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Kansas. "The foundation is pleased to help support and raise public awareness about the Command and General Staff College's mission to educate our military leaders. I know all the board members look forward to the challenges and rewards to come."

Smith is most well known as a founder of the industry-leading time management solutions company Franklin-Quest. He has authored several nationally published books and serves on several boards of directors and advisory councils.

McCaffrey is a well-known leader who is president of his own consulting firm and serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News and other forums.

Lambertson served more than 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was ambassador to Thailand in the mid-1990s.

Marks served nearly 40 years in the Foreign Service, including as ambassador to the republics of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Both Lambertson and Marks are widely published on a number of topics in the national security and Foreign Service arenas.

Dunn is vice president of community affairs for JE Dunn Construction in Kansas City, a family-owned business for more than 80 years.

Grant currently serves as the vice president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Holcom, president of the Kansas City-based Pioneer Financial Services Inc and the president of the foundation's board said the foundation is off to a rousing start.

"Since we opened our office on 13 February, we've managed to attract $250,000 in cash and pledges and have contributed more than $7,000 to the college for student awards and faculty development. In just four short months we're off to a great start on our quest to serve and support the needs of the college."

The private, nonprofit foundation was established Dec. 28, 2005, to assist the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth by donating funds necessary to provide the "margin of excellence" to its education and outreach programs.

The foundation lists among its goals providing support for symposia, conferences, lectures and community outreach activities that help connect the American public to the Army.

For more information about the foundation and how to become involved, visit


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