I always enjoy meeting alumni in different stages of their careers. To see where their Fletcher degree has taken them is both fascinating and inspiring, and truly makes me proud.
Our alumni are often eager to tell me why they chose to attend Fletcher in the first place, and how their experiences on campus shaped them and equipped them with the various tools necessary to pursue and achieve their goals. More often than not, they emphasize the strong sense of community as a highlight of their time here.
The question “Why Fletcher?” has become a staple inquiry of my video interviews with alumni. As many of you know, our “Why Fletcher?” series features a selection of remarkable alumni from each of our degree programs. In our most recent installment, we combined three stories of three alumni – Leah Meadows (F14), David Schwartz (F87) and Nihal Chauhan (F14) – in one brief video. While their paths to Fletcher are varied, it’s obvious that each of them has a shared, strong affinity for our school.
Whether you’re an alum with a story to tell about your time here or a student who’s considering joining our community, I’d love to hear what drew you to Fletcher.
As always, thanks for reading.
Dean Stavridis with his basset hound, Lilly.
Dean James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.
- A Conversation with Maria Kristensen (F02), 2017 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award Winner April 28, 2017
- What Can You Do With a Fletcher Education? April 21, 2017
- A U.S. Foreign Policy Reset April 14, 2017
- Dealing with Dictatorships April 7, 2017
- Why Fletcher? March 31, 2017
- On Reading and Leading March 24, 2017
- Don’t Make Diplomacy the “Missing Man” in Our Foreign Policy Formation March 20, 2017
- Adapting to Today, Turning Towards Tomorrow March 10, 2017
- Don’t Increase Defense Spending on the Backs of Diplomacy and Development March 6, 2017
- A Guide to Getting U.S. Foreign Policy Back on Track February 24, 2017