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IWP announces the retirement of Professors Ken deGraffenreid and Charles Smith

Dear Friends of IWP,

It is with both sadness and gratitude that I announce the retirement of two of IWP’s long-serving faculty members Professors Ken deGraffenreid and Chuck Smith, both of whom, unfortunately and coincidentally, felt compelled to cut short their full-time professional commitments on account of family health concerns. 

Professor deGraffenreid’s history with IWP goes back to the very beginning of the Institute. He was one of the original incorporators of the Institute, one of the first four faculty members, one of our first three board members, and taught here for practically the entire duration of the Institute’s existence. He is the architect of our M.A. program in Strategic Intelligence, which is unique in the country.  He brought to IWP the lessons of his illustrious professional experience, having served in the Navy, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Senior Director of Intelligence Programs in the National Security Council, and Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive, not to mention his key role on the professional staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He has been one of the most important reasons for the success of the Institute, and the school will not be the same without him.

Dr. Smith had a distinguished academic career even before coming to IWP.  Receiving his Ph.D., from Catholic University, Dr. Smith taught political science at Marymount University for many years where he received multiple awards.  Chuck is one of nation’s foremost authorities on American founding principles, their roots in Western political philosophy, and their relationship to American foreign policy.  Well-known for the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the classroom, Dr. Smith taught our course American Founding Principles and Foreign Policy for a decade.  He graciously accepted my invitation to serve as Academic Dean, where he helped bring academic policy making and implementation to an ever higher level of professionalism at the Institute.  I know our students will miss his tours of the Gettysburg battlefield.

Ken and Chuck have both rendered the Institute invaluable service.  On top of all they did in the classroom, they both were faithful counselors and mentors to our students and alumni, also rendering them enormous help in finding professional opportunities to serve our country.  

All of us here – faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, owe them both an enormous debt of gratitude.  We hope that they both will continue, insofar as they are able, to remain involved with IWP.  I hope you will all join me in wishing them a happy and healthy retirement.


John Lenczowski
Founder and President