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Wofford Alumnus Hipp to be Featured on National News

Friday, August 16, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—When Wofford College alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr., a military and defense expert who has been a regular analyst on national news programs since Sept. 11, makes another national appearance on Sunday night with Geraldo Rivera, he’ll be subtly promoting his alma mater. He’ll be sporting a Wofford tie.

Hipp will make a guest appearance Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. on Rivera’s segment on Fox News. He told a Wofford official Friday he plans to wear a Wofford tie during the program.

Hipp, former deputy assistant secretary of the Army, is chairman and CEO of American Defense International Inc., a Washington, D.C., consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations.

Hipp was appointed as deputy assistant secretary of the Army in 1990, serving as the Army Secretariat’s “point man” for the successful mobilization, then demobilization, of the Army’s reserve forces for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Following the “Tailhook Scandal,” Hipp was named by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to be the principal deputy general counsel of the Navy.

From 1986 to 1989, Hipp was chairman of the S.C. Republican Party. In 1988, he was a member of the Presidential Electoral College, and as a speaker at the Republican National Convention, he introduced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., Hipp has appeared regularly on the Fox News Network as a military/defense analyst and has been a guest on numerous major news programs, including “Hannity and Colmes” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” He also has been named to the President’s Council of the National Safe Skies Alliance.

Hipp received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wofford in 1982 and now serves on the Executive Council of the National Alumni Association. He was received the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1990. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.