P. K. (Ken) Keen

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  • Associate Dean, Leader Development Program
  • Lieutenant General, USA, (Retired)

Biography

Ken Keen is the Associate Dean of Leadership Development for Emory University's Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership program and is a member of the program's leadership team.

Prior to joining Emory on 1 August 2013, Lieutenant General (Retired) Keen served 38 years in the Army with over 11 years working and living abroad in numerous Latin America countries, Germany, Egypt, Haiti, and Pakistan. Ken has extensive leadership experience of conventional and special operations units as well as the interagency environment. Ken commanded in Special Forces, the 82nd Airborne Division, the Rangers including the 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Task Force – Haiti, following the Jan 2010 earthquake, as well as serving on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods.

As the Commander of Joint Task Force – Haiti, Ken led the largest targeted U.S. military-based response to a foreign disaster consisting of 22,000+ personnel, 19 ships, and 57 aircraft with a budget of $500+ million, including coordinating vision and direction for response to the earthquake, and collaborating with the U.S. Ambassador, Haitian Prime Minister, and senior U.N. officials to determine the immediate requirements for a U.S. response, as well as opening an aerial port of entry receiving first responders that provided emergency medical assistance to 100,000+ Haitians.

LTG (Ret) Keen is a native of Hyden, Kentucky and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Infantry following graduation as a distinguished military graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in December 1974. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Florida's Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program.

LTG (Ret) Keen also serves as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University and a Highly Qualified Expert - Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff J7 in support of Senior Leadership Professional Development Programs/Exercises and is a Board Member for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.