Meet John Lehman, the 2020 graduation speaker

John F. Lehman

Former Secretary of the Navy

John Lehman is Chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity investment firm. He is a director of Verisk, Inc and EnerSys Corporation. Dr. Lehman was formerly an investment banker with PaineWebber Inc.

Prior to joining PaineWebber, he served for six years as Secretary of the Navy. He was President of Abington Corporation between 1977 and 1981.

He served 25 years in the naval reserve. He has served as a staff member to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council, as a delegate to the Force Reductions Negotiations in Vienna, and as Deputy Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Dr. Lehman was a member of the 9/11 Commission and a member of the National Defense Commission.

Dr. Lehman holds a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is currently an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. Dr. Lehman has written numerous books, including Oceans Ventured, On Seas of Glory, Command of the Seas, and Making War.

He serves as Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation USA and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.