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IWP inaugurates new President, celebrates 30th (+1!) anniversary

Hon. James H. Anderson
Hon. James H. Anderson, IWP’s new President

The Institute of World Politics recently celebrated the inauguration of its second President, Hon. James H. Anderson, Ph.D., and held its 30th (+1!) Anniversary Gala during its annual Chancellor’s Council Meeting. These events were held from October 26-27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. with nearly 300 guests.

Chancellor’s Council Meeting

Following meetings of the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, the annual Chancellor’s Council Meeting began with an opening reception on the evening of October 26th. About 100 of IWP’s top supporters gathered to reconnect and celebrate. Trustee Heidi Leupp gave welcoming remarks and led a toast.

The Chancellor’s Council Meeting continued the next day with presentations by IWP alumni and faculty members on such topics as “Civilians in Warfare: Lessons for Today from the Irish Revolution and the Resistance in Western Europe,” “Cyber Terrorism: Current Threats and Responses,” “Defectors and Intelligence,” “Female Insurgent Fighters and the IWP Experience,” and “Economic Freedom: The Forgotten Weapon in the War on Terror.”

This meeting is held annually in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Council Dinner or Gala. These events are complimentary for all IWP supporters who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Learn more about joining the Chancellor’s Council

Christine Balling ('16)
Christine Balling (’16) speaking at the Chancellor’s Council Meeting. Photo by Aesthetic Images Photography.

IWP’s first Presidential inauguration

Following these presentations, the IWP community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, advisors, and supporters, gathered to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. James Anderson as the second President of IWP.

John Lovewell, Dr. James Anderson, Dr. Jack Tierney with Mace
Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr. presented Dr. James Anderson, IWP’s new President, with the academic mace. Pictured from left to right: Chairman John Lovewell, President Dr. James Anderson, and Professor Emeritus Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr.

Dr. Anderson, who most recently served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (a 4-star equivalent), has had a distinguished career in the military, government, and academic world.

After a formal academic procession, IWP Chairman John Lovewell gave welcoming remarks. John Smyth, a member of IWP’s Board of Advisors and Managing Director and Wealth Manager with First Republic Investment Management, led the gathering in singing the National Anthem. Former IWP Army Senior Service Fellow CH (COL) Alan Pomaville, U.S. Army (Ret.) gave the invocation.

John Lovewell introduced Dr. Anderson and formally charged him with leading IWP in its mission of developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the founding principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition.

Dr. John Lenczowski and Dr. James Anderson
From left to right: IWP’s Founder, Chancellor and President Emeritus Dr. John Lenczowski with Dr. James Anderson, IWP’s second President.

After Dr. Anderson accepted this charge, Mr. Lovewell presented him with a copy of IWP’s Charter. Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr. presented Dr. Anderson with the mace as a symbol of authority granted by IWP’s trustees to preside over the affairs of the Institute.

Dr. John Lenczowski, IWP’s Founder, Chancellor, and President Emeritus, presented the chains of office and seal of IWP to Dr. Anderson.

Dr. Anderson then gave his inaugural address to the community. The event concluded with a formal academic recession and champagne reception for attendees.

Inauguration Videos

30th (+1!) Anniversary Gala

After IWP’s in-person 30th Anniversary celebration was derailed by the pandemic in 2020, nearly 300 IWP supporters, alumni, students, faculty members, and friends gathered to celebrate its 30th (+1!) Anniversary Gala on the evening of October 27th.

John Smyth served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Lt. Tim Field (’21) sang the National Anthem, and Father Nathanael Anderson (’14) gave the invocation. Dr. James Anderson gave opening remarks.

After dinner, four students and alumni spoke about their experience at IWP.

Chairman John Lovewell, President Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor Dr. John Lenczowski, and Dean of Academics Dr. Frank Marlo presented GEN Alexander with a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
From left to right: Dean of Academics Dr. Frank Marlo, Chairman John Lovewell, GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander, President Dr. James Anderson, and Chancellor Dr. John Lenczowski. IWP presented GEN Alexander with a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

John Smyth introduced the keynote speaker, GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander, Founder & Co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, former commander of USCYBERCOM, and former director of the National Security Agency.

Chairman John Lovewell, President Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor Dr. John Lenczowski, and Dean of Academics Dr. Frank Marlo presented GEN Alexander with a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

GEN Alexander gave a keynote address entitled “We Live in Exponential Times!” in which he discussed the realities of the cyber world. He took several questions from guests after his talk.

During closing remarks for the evening, Chairman John Lovewell announced that an anonymous supporter had just pledged a $100,000 matching gift. Within minutes, a dozen IWP supporters from around the room pledged $10,000 gifts to meet this match.

The event concluded with a dessert and dancing reception with the Alex Donner Band from New York. An enthusiastic celebration ensued until late in the evening.

This event was made possible by our Gala Chairs, Gala Committee, and our generous sponsors, who are listed below. The next Chancellor’s Council Meeting and Dinner will be held in fall 2022.

GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander giving the keynote address at IWP's Gala
GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander gave the keynote address at IWP’s Gala. GEN Alexander is Founder & Co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, former commander of USCYBERCOM, and former director of the National Security Agency.

Gala Videos

Gala Co-Chairs

John Lovewell
Hon. Edward F. Reilly

Gala Committee

Hal Lambert, CFA
Heidi Le Baron Leupp
Michael Maibach
GENERAL(R) Raymond T. Odierno
Hon. Peter Schaumber
Donald V. Smith
John Smyth
Jacqueline T. Wieland
Anita Winsor
Ambassador Aldona Woś

Many Thanks to our Sponsors:


The William H. Donner Foundation

Donald V. Smith

The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Woś Family Foundation


Craig and Margaret London
Woodside Farm Vineyard

John and Cynthia Lovewell

The Philadelphia Trust Company

Peter and Kathie Schaumber

John and Jenifer Smyth

Jacqueline T. Wieland, AIF, First Vice President-Investments of Stifel

The Zurlo Family


Eileen Atwood

Alyssa and Ashfaque Chowdhury

Heidi and Jay Leupp

Amb. Louise V. Oliver

Dorchester Apartments & Towers
by Lola C. Reinsch
Reinsch Pierce Family Foundation

Marc and Jane Rogers

IWP Gala 2021