Coast Guard Vice Admiral to Speak at Meredith Commencement

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara will deliver the 2011 commencement address at Meredith College. Brice-O'Hara is the second woman to serve as the U.S. Coast Guard’s second in command and chief operating officer. She assumed her duties as the vice commandant of the United States Coast Guard on May 24, 2010.

Brice-O’Hara executes the commandant’s strategic intent, manages internal organizational governance and serves as the component acquisition executive.

A native of Annapolis, Md., Brice-O'Hara graduated from Goucher College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She received her Coast Guard commission from Officer Candidate School the following year. She holds a Master of Arts in public administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was named a Littauer Fellow, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Brice-O’Hara’s personal awards include a Distinguished Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Meredith College’s commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. in McIver Amphitheater.

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