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Cogratulations to MSFS Alum Denis McDonough, New White House Chief of Staff

Denis McDonough, with MSFS alums after speaking at an MSFS Reunion at Georgetown in September 2010

Denis McDonough, with MSFS alums after speaking at an MSFS Reunion at Georgetown in September 2010

Many congrats to Georgetown alum Denis McDonough (MSFS 1996) on his appointment as White House Chief of Staff. The Walsh School of Foreign Service reports:

Denis McDonough, a 1996 recipient of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from SFS, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as his Chief of Staff.

McDonough is a member of the Georgetown MSFS Class of 1996. His undergraduate alma mater is Saint John’s University (Collegeville, Minn.).

“I am certain that Hoyas around the world join me in congratulating Denis McDonough. He has been and will continue to be an outstanding public servant,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “Pursuing such work is a Georgetown and SFS tradition of which we are extremely proud.”

McDonough has been deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration since 2010. He has also served as head of strategic communications and chief of staff at the National Security Council.

McDonough is the fourth Georgetown graduate to serve as chief of staff to a U.S. president. Outgoing Chief of Staff Jacob Lew (L’83) has served in that post since 2012. Jim Jones (L’64) was chief of staff to President Johnson from 1965 to 1969 and John Podesta (L’76) served as chief of staff to President Clinton from 1998 to 2001.

“Denis is a wonderful example of the kind of creative leader that the MSFS Program seeks to educate,” said Anthony Clark Arend, Director of MSFS.


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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