Brian Thompson ’80 Returns To Rhodes To Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Luncheon
Publication Date: 5/10/2012
Rhodes alumnus Brian Thompson will speak at this year’s Phi Beta Kappa induction luncheon to be held on campus May 11. While at Rhodes, he won first prize in a national essay contest sponsored by the Atlanticist organization Federal Union. Then in 1980, the year of his graduation, he became the first recipient of the college’s highest academic honor—the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize.
After graduating with honors in international studies, Thompson studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also was named a CIA Graduate Fellow and served in the White House Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, Admiral Stansfield Turner, for whom he later worked as a research assistant on two book projects.
Thompson was appointed to President Bill Clinton’s transition team in 1992 and then to the White House staff as a deputy director in the Office of Presidential Personnel. His second career in arts administration began when he was appointed as White House Liaison at the National Archives, and he did the first planning for the Clinton Presidential Library. He subsequently was Executive Director of the Museum of American Finance in New York.
Thompson has since served as Associate Director for Institutional Advancement at Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Site, and currently he is Assistant Director for Administration at the Chazen Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For a list of individuals to be inducted this year, view here.