Lieutenant General Jefferson Howell

Lieutenant General Jefferson Howell

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Lieutenant General Jefferson D. Howell, Jr.

United States Marine Corps [RET]

J.D. ‘Beak’ Howell is presently a Senior Research Fellow with

the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs, the

University of Texas in Austin. He is teaching courses on

Leadership as well as participating in Leadership training

activities sponsored by the Governor’s Executive Development


His qualification for teaching Leadership is based upon a

lifetime of Leadership challenges and responsibilities. This

includes 37 years as an Officer of Marines in which he

commanded at all levels including leading infantry platoons of

50+/- Marines, a 250 Marine fighter/attack squadron, a 5,000

person aircraft group, a 15,000 person aircraft wing, and

ultimately a Marine force of 80,000+ Marines and Sailors.

After retirement from the Marine Corps in 1998, he continued

accepting Leadership challenges while managing a 500 person

engineering contract for Science Applications International

Corporation, followed in 2002 by returning to government

service and becoming the Center Director for NASA’s Lyndon

B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He held that

position for 3 ½ years, prior to coming to The University of


He has received numerous awards and decorations in

recognition for his service with the Marines and NASA. In

2004 he was named the Outstanding Graduate of the

University of Texas Graduate School.