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Northwood grad speaks out on his role managing the Saddam Hussein trial

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CEDAR HILL – Northwood University is honored to have Mr. Robert Chapman speak to the students, faculty and staff in observance of Constitution Day, Thursday, September 15.  Mr. Chapman, a Northwood 2003 graduate, bravely managed the Saddam Hussein trial during 2005 and 2006.  In July 2005, Chapman volunteered to be deployed on a six-month detail as the Contracting Officer to award and administer all Courthouse renovation, preparation and operations contracts for the Saddam Hussein trial in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Mr. Chapman will speak at Northwood’s Patterson Chapel from 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. followed by a luncheon with faculty and staff.  He will then visit various classrooms and share with students his experiences in Baghdad. 

“By observing Constitutional Day, we express our appreciation for the rights and freedom we enjoy as Americans through planned activities, speeches on the constitution and reading the constitution again in order to preserve it fresh in our minds”, stated Dr. Jane Konditi.

“I have always believed in the motto I learned as a young Marine, “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.”   These are the words I live by every day.  I can think of no other time when I was able to utilize this motto and accomplish more than I did on this mission to Baghdad,” stated Mr. Robert Chapman.

Robert A. Chapman, CEP, is a retired Contracting Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Mr. Chapman has several certifications including Certified Energy Procurement Professional. He holds a BBA and AA in management from Northwood University.  And is a service disabled Vietnam-era veteran of the US Marine Corps and US Navy serving in a variety of assignments and various missions around the world including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia and numerous other locations.

“Northwood is honored to have such an outstanding member of our alumni speak to our students on campus.  Robert Chapman truly embodies the core purpose statement at Northwood University, which is to develop leaders, managers and entrepreneurs with the skills and character to drive personal, organizational and societal success”, stated Dr. Kevin Fegan, Northwood University Provost.   

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