January 11, 2016 Lexington, VA - The VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics is pleased to announce Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.) as the 2016 VMI Leader in Residence. Libutti, a native of New York and a graduate of The Citadel, has had a lifetime of distinguished military and private sector service roles, exemplifying the ideal qualities of a citizen-soldier.
His post Marine Corps appointments with the New York Police Department and the then newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on counter-terrorism information analysis and protection, topics which we will highlight during this year’s 6th Annual Leadership Conference: Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age.
At the time of his retirement, General Libutti served as the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific/Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific and Commanding General Marine Forces Central Command headquartered at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. An infantryman, Libutti has served in North & South East Asia, Europe, and the Horn of Africa and in the States in operational and Joint staff positions.
From January 2002 to May 2003, General Libutti served as the New York Police Department's first Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism. In September 2003, General Libutti served as the first Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate at the newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In September 2005, he became CEO/Chairman of the Board of Digital Fusion, a publicly traded company, valued at $61M with approximately 300 employees. Digital Fusion centered on IT initiatives and support for the US Missile Defense Agency. Currently, General Libutti is serving as CEO/President of PS&S Global, a full-service engineering firm that is a service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) located in Warren, N.J., where his focus is on environmental restoration, energy efficiency operations, and strategic security solutions.
General Libutti's personal decorations include: The Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (first award), the Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with gold star; Purple Heart with two gold stars; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Republic of Korea Chonsu Medal: and the Combat Action Ribbon. General Libutti was also presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan for service dedicated to the security of Japan and the mutual cooperation between Japan and the United States. General Libutti is also the recipient of the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award.
As part of the Center’s Leader in Residence program, General Libutti’s schedule will include meetings with select cadets, faculty, staff and other employees as part of the Center’s mission to provide leadership and professional development opportunities at VMI. Conversations will also provide opportunities to have a mutual exchange of ideas on leadership. For more information regarding the Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Leader in Residence program, please contact Col. Patrick Looney, Deputy Director, at (540) 464-7361.