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SAIC and the Center for Leadership and Ethics

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In 2009, Walter P. Havenstein, the chief executive officer of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), asked the corporation’s leaders “to look for ways to reach out and support the service academies and VMI.”

SAIC is a Virginia-based, Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that provides services to the government agencies and commercial customers in many fields including national security, energy, and critical infrastructure. It selected VMI for support because, according to SAIC, “VMI represents the highest model for honor, courage, commitment, and ethics that should be supported and invested in.” 

After consultations with VMI’s leaders, SAIC decided to concentrate its aid on the Center for Leadership and Ethics (CLE). “Frankly,” said Thomas F. Bersson ’80, an assistant vice president, “SAIC is impressed by VMI’s commitment to leadership and ethics, and participating in some small way to the effort to enhance VMI’s programs was very appealing to the corporation.”

On February 18, 2010, SAIC gave VMI a gift of $100,000 in support of the CLE. It followed it with another $50,000 later in the year. 

Captain Susan J. Rabern, U.S. Navy (Retired), the CLE’s Director, sees this support as the beginning for a long-term partnership. “SAIC is helping to form the bedrock of support that is paramount to the success of VMI’s leadership programs. The relationship between SAIC and VMI will expand our capacity to provide every cadet a meaningful leadership experience and bring them a broad understanding of ethics, team work, patriotism, and duty.”