SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

February 24, 2009 09:00 ET

Sam Adcock to Serve on University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Board of Visitors

ARLINGTON, VA and PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2009) - The University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) has selected EADS North America's Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Sam Adcock, to serve on a newly-formed Board of Visitors. The charter of the 25-member board is to provide insight and guidance in the school's strategic planning process.

"Sam's vast expertise in foreign and domestic policy, coupled with his background on Capitol Hill in both government and private sector positions, will greatly benefit GSPIA's faculty, staff and students," said Dean John Keeler. "We are extremely grateful that accomplished alumni like Sam are giving back to their university."

Prior to joining EADS North America in 2000 when the company was formed, Adcock served in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the U.S. federal government, as well as senior executive leadership positions in both the aerospace and automotive industries.

Adcock served as the Director of Defense and Security Policy for the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and served for more than five years as the Legislative Director for Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS). During his government career, he also served on the Defense Science Board and the Long Range Air Power Panel. Adcock has also held positions in the Department of the Navy's Shipbuilding directorate.

He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, and was subsequently selected for the Presidential Management Internship program the same year.

GSPIA's mission is to inspire graduates to improve public institutions, create higher quality of government and promote social responsibility throughout the world.

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (

GSPIA is a professional school with a diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students and alumni whose goal is to hone the passion of its students into purposeful direction and action. As part of the University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA is a leader in education, a pioneer in research and a partner in regional development -- as well as one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States.

About EADS North America (

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $10 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 190,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.