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King University News :: National Security Council Representative to Speak at King University

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joyce Connery, director of nuclear energy policy within the Office of International Economics on the National Security Council, will visit King University’s Bristol campus at the end of the month. Connery’s two-day visit will focus on promoting public service and raising awareness of federal career opportunities.

King University was selected to host Connery after submitting an application to the Partnership for Public Service’s Call to Serve Speakers Bureau. As a member of the Call to Serve network, King University regularly works with the Partnership for Public Service, the Office of Personnel Management and other federal agencies to inform students about internship and job opportunities within the federal government.

“King University is preparing students for careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” says Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University. “These are all fields the federal government has deemed as essential. Joyce Connery will be able to connect the students’ academic studies to their real-world applications.”

Connery’s visit to King will begin on Sept. 30 with separate lectures for the security and intelligence studies students as well as science seminar students. In addition to the group lectures, Connery will participate in smaller, informal discussions with students and meet with faculty and staff. Connery will speak to the entire King student body on Oct. 1. Connery’s visit will not be open to the public or media.

“Bringing Joyce Connery to campus to discuss career opportunities with the government is an extension of the resources offered through the Career Success Center at King University,” says Donna Felty, director of career development at King University. “Students are provided the opportunity to participate in a variety of webinars offered by the Partnership for Public Service each year, but having a federal employee with Ms. Connery's vast experience on hand to speak directly to the interests of our students will be a valuable experience for each of them as they plot their career paths,”

Connery was appointed director of nuclear energy policy in early 2012. In this position, she works to develop policy among agencies, and align and coordinate programs covering safety, security and nuclear trade. Previously, Connery served as senior policy advisor to the deputy secretary of energy. Prior to that post, she was director for threat reduction and nuclear energy cooperation in the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator at the National Security Council. She served under both the Bush and Obama administrations and was responsible for nuclear Cooperative Threat Reduction programs; the Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama’s four-year effort to secure vulnerable nuclear materials; international nuclear energy policy and bilateral nuclear security and trade agreements. 

“Ms. Connery’s visit presents a unique opportunity for students to learn from and make a connection with a federal employee who has dedicated her career to public service,” says Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, director of the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. “Ms. Connery’s diverse areas of expertise make her an ideal guest with the ability to relate to students in a variety of disciplines.”

King University is headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., and has established 14 campuses and locations across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. King University also offers degree programs online.


PLEASE NOTE: Joyce Connery, director of nuclear energy policy within the Office of International Economics on the National Security Council, will speak at King on Monday, Sept. 30.  

However, if the United States Congress, who is currently in budget negotiations, fails to pass a budget or a resolution that will provide continuing funds to government programs by Sept. 30, then Ms. Connery will be unable to fulfill her speaking engagement at King University on Oct. 1, due to what would be the first day of a temporary partial shutdown of the government.


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