General Colin Powell USA (ret.)
USA Secretary of State (2001–2005)
General Powell was appointed the 65th U.S. Secretary of State by President George W. Bush and previously served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to his many U.S. awards and decorations that include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, he is the recipient of the French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. General Powell was the founding Chairman of America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, a national crusade to improve the lives of young people, and he is the founder of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at his alma mater, the City College of New York, where university students are provided opportunities that will enable them to make a difference in policy and public-service worlds of the future. He is the author of his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, and the instant New York Times best-selling book on leadership, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.