Alumna Dissertation Highlights Ethical Leadership and Public Service Motivation

PhD in Leadership and Change alumna Dr. Susan M. Wiedeman has published Ethical Leadership: Life Story of George Ciampa, U.S. WWII Military Veteran and Community Leader. 

This qualitative research study explored the influence of life experiences and personal ethics of George Ciampa, a United States military veteran; his work in establishing American military cemeteries in Europe; and later work as a community leader committed to teaching American youth about the cost of freedom.

Dr. Wiedemann has had the privilege of a lifetime of public service supporting U.S. Service members, Veterans and their families. First, in a 22-year career in the United States Air Force in the Intelligence field and a special duty assignment as the Deputy Director of an Air Force Family Support Center. Retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9), she began a second career working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and had the unique opportunity to hold national leadership positions within all three VA Administrations: National Cemetery, Benefits and Health. Her most significant accomplishment in VA was project lead creating the first (and only) federal training center for cemetery directors. The National Training Center continues to support the development of future leaders for VA’s National Cemetery Administration.