Doug Bennett

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Instructor
Management & Entrepreneurship

Military Career (1964-1976)

Six years active and six years reserve duty.  Infantry Commander and Staff Officer with the 4th Infantry
Division at Fort Lewis, Washington and The Republic of Viet Nam; instructor at the Air Mobile School at Fort Eustis, Virginia; and, Reserve Staff Officer with the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon. Awards and decorations include Airborne, Ranger, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and various service medals.

Political and Public Service Career (1969-1977, 1980-1984)

United States Congress as Legislative Assistant to Member of Congress and member of the Armed Ser-
vices Committee; Department of the Treasury as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury re- sponsible for tax policy issues; The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Tax and Energy Legislative Affairs; The White House Senior Staff as Assistant to the President and Director of the Presi- dential Personnel Office; Department of Education as Interim General Counsel and Counselor to the Sec- retary of Education;  State Department as Special Counsel to the Administrator of The Agency for In- ternational Development.  Served as Member of the Education Appeals Board, The President's Commis- sion on Personnel Interchange, the Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Awards Board, The Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy as Chairman,  and presently Trustee Emeritus, West Point Board of Trustees.

Legal Career (1977-1997)

Private practice of law as Senior Partner with national firm. Various domestic and international business
transactions; representation before Federal agencies and the Congress; representation of Cabinet Officer held in Contempt of Congress and resolution of charges; representation of corporate case on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Transactional practice focused on business and real estate contractual issues and fi- nance, both domestic and international. As a retained attorney by the Federal Government, responsibility for negotiation of civil rights matters in the Departments of Education and Justice.  Negotiated and re- solved the North Carolina higher education desegregation lawsuit for the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. Negotiated, resolved and created compliance plan for college Title IX regula- tions for the Department of Education.  For the State Department advised the Nation of Liberia on the creation of its National Constitution. Member of the District of Columbia
and Federal Bar.

Business Career (1989-2009)

Entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer in Washington D.C., Seattle, Washington and New
York.  Privatization of Federal government real property and military housing at Fort Lewis, Washington as co-developer of the $800 million military housing portfolio. Ownership, privatization and $29 million historical redevelopment of The Thayer Hotel at West Point, New York. Principal owner of The Thayer Hotel and General Partner of Hudson River Partners, the owning entity.  Development responsibilities entailed infrastructure, architectural and engineering design, construction oversight, and structuring and executing multimillion dollar financing arrangements.  Hospitality industry as owner, asset manager and financial principal of hotel property with staff of 300 employees.  Central role in devising and structuring creative solutions to complicated business transactions and real estate financing.

Ranching Career (2005-2010)

Co-developed 160 acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of Central California. Developed range land for
livestock herd, horses and cattle, and agricultural crops and accompanying ranch buildings and living quarters.  Sustainability concept with deep drilled wells for water and 100% solar power for electricity.

Academic Career (2010 - Present)

Faculty member in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department of the Leeds School of Business.
In the Management Department teach Executive MBA students Power, Negotiation and Conflict Resolu-
tion and graduate MBA students Critical Leadership Skills, Organizational Change, Negotiations and Conflict Management and Consulting.  In addition, teach undergraduate business students Critical Lead- ership, Becoming a Leader, Employee Relations, Hiring and Retaining Human Resources and Negotia- tions and Conflict Management as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics.  In all of my teaching, I discuss legal principles related to Constitutional, Contract and Agency law.