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Richard B. Cheney -- 1989 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1965 and Master of Arts - 1966 in Political Science
A dedicated public servant for more than four decades, Richard Cheney began his career as an intern in the Wyoming Legislature in 1963. He served in federal capacities under presidents Nixon and Ford, the latter naming him his deputy assistant, assistant to the President, and White House chief of staff.
Beginning in 1978, he was elected to five consecutive terms in Congress, where colleagues unanimously elected him House Republican Whip. President George W. H. Bush selected him as Secretary of Defense in 1989, a post he held with great distinction. Afterward he was a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and, from 1995 to 2000, served as CEO of Halliburton Corporation. In 2000 he was elected to serve as Vice President of the United States under President George W. Bush.
Much of Vice President Cheney’s career has focused on America’s place in the world. He was director of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1987 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1995, as well of Secretary of State. Reflecting this interest, he and his wife, Lynne, created UW’s largest endowment in support of study abroad.