Auburn University College of Education to welcome US Army vice chief of staff as co-lecturer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Education will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual Keystone Leader-in-Residence lecture series by welcoming Gen. Lloyd Austin III and Charlene Austin as co-presenters.

The lecture will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Auburn Alumni Center. The free event is open to Auburn University students, faculty and staff, as well as to community members.

The Austins are both graduates of the college’s counselor education graduate program. Lloyd Austin serves as the U.S. Army’s vice chief of staff, while Charlene Austin has been an advocate for military families and a volunteer for the United Service Organization, the United Way, Operation Homefront and the Military Child Education Coalition.

Lloyd Austin, who served as commanding general of U.S. Forces in Iraq before moving to the Pentagon in January 2012, earned one of Auburn University’s Lifetime Achievement Awards earlier this year. In supporting his nomination for that award, retired Navy Adm. and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen described Austin as “a soldier and a statesman. … He personifies the ideals of 21st century service.”

The Austins began graduate coursework at Auburn while stationed at Fort Benning. Charlene Austin earned her master’s degree in 1985 and Lloyd Austin finished his in 1986.

Established in 2003, the College of Education’s Keystone Leader-in-Residence program introduces students to proven leaders in education, human services, health services, community services and government. The program emphasizes that education, much like the keystone of an arch, serves a central, supporting role in society. Keystone Leaders spend a day on campus visiting with students, faculty and staff, and share their personal and professional experiences through a campus-wide lecture and various classroom and small-group meetings.

For more information about the Keystone Leader-in-Residence program, go to For more information about Lloyd Austin, go to

(Written by Troy Johnson.)

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