Since 1996, The Virginia Military Institute’s Department of International Studies has presented the Distinguished Diplomat Award to someone who has had a lifelong commitment to serving his or her country in the area of foreign affairs. Past award winners have included Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick, ex-Director of the CIA James Woolsey, and Senator Lee Hamilton.
In May 2009 Susan Eisenhower was honored with this award. Colonel Hentz noted that Eisenhower is “best known for her work in the field of energy and as an expert on nonproliferation programs in Russia. It is hard to imagine two more central challenges informing America’s foreign relations.”