Former CIA, NSA Director Michael Hayden to Speak At Bethany College

BETHANY — Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, will speak at Bethany College later this month as part of an annual lecture series.

Hayden will deliver the Larry E. Grimes Lecture in Commencement Hall on the Bethany College campus at 11 a.m. Sept. 30. The event is part of Bethany’s annual homecoming festivities.

Hayden is a retired U.S. Air Force four-star general who became the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence — and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the U.S. armed forces. Earlier, he served as director of the NSA and was appointed director of the CIA by President George W. Bush.

Currently, Hayden serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and is a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University.

He is the author of “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.”

In April, Hayden — a Pittsburgh native — addressed a packed house at Steubenville Central Catholic High School as part of the Herald-Star Speaker Series. During that event, he spoke about U.S. foreign relations and the changing nature of threats that exist today.

The Larry Grimes Lecture Series honors a Bethany College professor and renowned Hemingway scholar who spent 39 years teaching students to learn from and love literature.

During his nearly 40 years as a professor of English, Grimes opened the world of literature, poetry, history, film and interdisciplinary studies to thousands of Bethany students and personally delivered the inaugural lecture in the series in 2014 during homecoming.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Hannah McNerney, director of alumni relations at Bethany, at or 304-829-7299 for complimentary tickets. The event is open to all students, alumni and friends.