Dr. Ervin J. Rokke ’62

Dr. Rokke was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1962 and later earned his Ph.D. in international relations from Harvard University. During a 35 year military career, he served as the defense attaché in the Soviet Union, and as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. He also served several tours on the faculty of the Air Force Academy before being selected as Dean of Faculty. Dr. Rokke's last Air Force active duty assignment was President of the National Defense University. After retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General, Dr. Rokke served for nine years as President of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He also served as the President of the USAFA Endowment. Dr. Rokke completed a two year assignment as occupant of the Superintendent's Chair for Character and Leadership Development at the Academy, and holds the rank of professor emeritus of Political Science.Dr. Rokke is a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Attaché Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Jan Masaryk Medal of Achievement from the Czech Republic in 2006, and holds honorary degrees from Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges in Pennsylvania and the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Intelligence Science Board, the Advisory Council for the Education and Training Center of the United States Institute of Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is co-chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.