Dr. Genevieve Lester
Francis W. De Serio Chair of Strategic and Theater Intelligence
The De Serio Chair is a fully-funded teaching and research position at the U.S. Army War College in the Department of National Security and Strategy. The Chair provides the incumbent with opportunities to expand and exchange knowledge with students, faculty, the National Intelligence Community, and Unified Command intelligence organizations on the critical role of intelligence in the formulation of national and theater security and strategy, and to enhance public understanding of the vital contributions of strategic intelligence to national security affairs.
This Chair is funded with an endowment through the generosity of Charlotte H. Watts through the Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Foundation, in honor of her late husband, Francis W. DeSerio. Fran De Serio was a 1972 graduate of USAWC and a long-time friend of the Army War College Foundation and member of the Board of Trustees. He retired in 1987 after 34 years of federal service and passed away in 2002.
The current De Serio Chair is Dr. Genevieve Lester.
Prior to Academic Year 2016, the Chair was a part-time position. The Chair has been held by:
Mr. Anthony R. “Tony” Williams, 2008-2010; 2011-2013
Dr. William I. Rodier III, 2010-2011
Prof. Richard H. Immerman, Temple University, 2013-2016