Sept. 9, 2011 – President Barack Obama has appointed University of Houston Law Center alumnus Dr. Philip Zelikow to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that assesses the nation’s intelligence capabilities for the president.
In announcing several appointments including Zelikow’s, President Obama said, “I am confident that these outstanding men and women will greatly serve the American people in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
The Intelligence Advisory Board advises the President on the effectiveness of the nation’s intelligence agencies and their preparedness for the future. As a member of the board, Zelikow will have access to all intelligence information and direct access to the president.
Zelikow was Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the “9/11 Commission”) from 2003 to 2004. He also was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2003.
A 1981 graduate of the Law Center, Zelikow has had a long and distinguished career in private practice, public service and academia. He will be the featured speaker Nov. 4 at the Houston Law Review’s 16th Annual Frankel Lecture on the subject “Codes of Conduct for a Twilight War.”
In addition, Zelikow, a former trial and appellate attorney in Houston, holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands, a J.D. from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia.