Major General (Ret.) and author Josiah Bunting III will give a lecture titled “American Leaders, War and Post-War, 1940-1950: A Legacy of Lessons Ignored,” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the AHI Undergraduate Fellows.
Bunting graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal--2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes president, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); president, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and superintendent, VMI (1995-2003).
Bunting has recently been elected as chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States. He also serves as chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Del.—an enterprise committed to the reestablishment of the regular study of the staple subjects of liberal education in American universities and colleges.