General (Ret) Stephen R. Lorenz ’73

From 2011 to 2015, General Steve Lorenz was the president and CEO of the Air Force Academy Endowment, a foundation focused on providing transformative private support to the Air Force Academy. In that role, General Lorenz oversaw the development of strategic non-public resources on behalf of the institution. Under his leadership, the Endowment raised over $80 million dollars for the Academy. During his 37-year Air Force career, General Lorenz commanded at the squadron, group, wing and major command level. His previous assignments include the Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, the Commander of Air University, and most recently, the Commander, Air Education and Training command. In this role, he led the recruitment, training and education of more than 340,000 Air Force personnel annually. .He is a recipient of the Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award, for the most outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace education, and was honored with the Order of the Sword, awarded to him by the enlisted airmen of Air Education and Training Command. General Lorenz is a 1973 graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and the National War College. General Lorenz is a featured contributor to the Air & Space Power Journal, authoring the ongoing series, "Lorenz on Leadership," which has been published as a book by Air University Press.