Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Fellow Named First Woman Commandant of Cadets at West Point Military Academy


Former Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Fellow for 2011-2012, Brigadier General Diana Holland, became the first woman Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy West Point on January 5, 2016. Prior to becoming Commandant of Cadets, Holland was the deputy commanding general of support for the 10th Mountain Division (light), the first female deputy commanding general of a light infantry division. She also led the legendary Black Diamonds – the 30th Engineer Battalion – during its deployment to eastern Afghanistan, the first of her two deployments to Afghanistan.

General Holland was a key member of the ISD Associates and Fellows program.  As a practitioner-in-residence along with colleagues from the State Department, intelligence community,  the U.S. Air Force, and other governments’ foreign ministries, she brought a unique breadth and depth of professional experience to ISD’s teaching mission within the School of Foreign Service and it broader outreach efforts to the University’s faculty and student.

“General Holland was a superb fellow, a pleasure to work with, and a terrific leadership role model for our students,” notes ISD Director of Studies Jim Seevers.

“U.S. national security is strengthened when our military prepares and promotes its most talented scholar-soldiers to the highest leadership positions, especially leadership positions at our pre-eminent service academies.   I am very pleased and encouraged by the appointment of General Diana Holland as Commandant of Cadets at West Point “commented Ambassador Barbara Bodine, the Director of ISD and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.