Peraton Chairman, President and CEO Stu Shea on May 20 will deliver the commencement address for George Mason University’s spring graduation at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
In recognition of Shea’s lifetime of learning and contributions to the nation, George Mason University will also present him with an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the ceremony.
“Today’s graduates are entering the workforce at a time when the world is grappling with complex questions about how to effectively address evolving threats and challenges that don’t respect traditional boundaries and systems,” Shea said.
“Only now do we understand that our ability to respond to a global pandemic or protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks is just as important as our military strength or intelligence collection capabilities. As digital natives, this generation of graduates possesses a skillset and a mindset that will allow them to adapt to and thrive in this changing world,” he added.
Shea has over four decades of experience in the national security community as a business leader, strategist and intelligence professional. As the CEO of Peraton, he leads a $7 billion national security company that delivers national security solutions to customers around the globe.
“George Mason is a national asset in higher education, and I have tremendous appreciation for the work the university has done over the last 50 years to equip its students with the tools they’ll need to solve real-world challenges that affect national security and protect our way of life,” Shea said.
Shea is the founder of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and is a member of the board of directors of the National Intelligence University Foundation and the board of trustees of Riverside Research.