The Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow is a longstanding tradition of bringing world-renowned political, military and industry leaders to the United States Coast Guard Academy to share their wisdom with cadets. The 2012 Hedrick Fellow will be announced soon.
The fellowship program was founded by an endowment from Frank E. and Harriet E. Hedrick in 1982.The fellowship honors citizens whose distinguished public service shaped the course of our nation. It provides an opportunity for future leaders of the Coast Guard to learn from the experiences of America's most distinguished leaders. The Hedricks encouraged the Academy to use their endowment to bring influential Americans to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. for the purpose of interacting with cadets and the faculty in both formal academic seminars as well as informal settings.
Past Hedrick Fellows include William F. Buckley, Jr., former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, former Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Warren Burger, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker.
Supporting Academy cadets is an integral part of the Coast Guard Foundation's mission. Exposing cadets to prominent leaders is an important step in forming the future officers' leadership skills. The Hedrick Fellow is a continuing part of that mission.
From left to right: Former President Gerald Ford with RADM Edward Nelson, CAPT John Duenzl, CAPT Roderick White during Ford's visit to the Coast Guard Academy as the Hedrick Fellow.
President Jimmy Carter during a regimental review at the Academy, during his visit as the Hedrick Fellow.