Advisory Council


The Simons Center’s Advisory Council is made up of experienced professionals who have served as senior leaders in various U.S. government departments and agencies, private and non-government research centers, academic institutions, and the military. The Advisory Council assists the Center’s director and CGSC Foundation CEO envision opportunities that enable our continued success.

David A. Anderson

Dr. David A. Anderson is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer. While on active duty he served in various command and staff positions including assignments as an assistant professor of economics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and as a Strategic Force Planner for NATO at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium. He is now a professor of Strategic Studies and William E. Odom Chair of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he teaches strategic and operational studies, as well as economics. He served four years as the chair of the CGSC Staff and Faculty Council and currently serves in numerous other capacities throughout the college, including as a Team 11 Leader and as a member of the Graduate Council. He is also the International Relations Coordinator and adjunct professor for Webster University’s Fort Leavenworth site, where he teaches various international relations graduate courses including, International Political Economy, Politics of Development, Globalization, and the International Relations Capstone Course. He holds a doctorate degree in business administration with emphasis in international business and development economics. He has published over sixty articles on military, economics, and international relations related topics and has earned numerous writing awards.

Ralph O. Doughty

Dr. Doughty is Professor and Chair of Interagency and Multinational Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Doughty served as Professor and Transformation Chair at the College, a position sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Force Transformation and Resources.  He was president of a civilian consulting company for 10 years prior to assuming his positions at Fort Leavenworth.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Army Division Commander Course, and the Leadership Development Course at the Center for Creative Leadership.  He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Major General in 1996 after serving on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee at the Pentagon for the Department of the Army.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, where he served for four years as a Mechanical Engineering representative for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, evaluating programs at Stanford, Lehigh, Louisiana State, and North Carolina State universities.  He was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the University of Alabama College of Engineering, and is the principal author of over 20 technical publications and two U.S. patents.

David F. Lambertson

Ambassador Lambertson is a member of University of Kansas advisory boards for International Programs, the Honors Program, the Biodiversity Institute, and the Center for International Business Education and Research. He is also a member of the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council and the American Foreign Service Association.  He served as U.S. Ambassador to Thailand from 1991 to 1995.  During a 32 year career with the State Department, Ambassador Lambertson, held several international postings, including: Saigon, Indonesia, Paris, Tokyo, London, Seoul and Canberra.  He served with the U.S. Delegation to the Vietnam peace talks and as Deputy Chief of Mission in both Seoul and Canberra.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for ten countries in Southeast Asia. After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Lambertson served as U.S. Representative in North Korea for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, where he made eleven visits to the DPRK totaling more than eighteen months in duration.  He has also served as the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at Claremont-McKenna College in California and taught several times in the Honors Program of the University of Kansas.  He is a graduate of the University of Redlands (California) and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.

Wilburn (Bud) Meador, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Meador is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 and served in the Republic of Viet Nam for two years before gaining his officer’s commission in 1973. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1996 as the Director of Logistics and Instructor of amphibious planning and war-gaming at the Marine Corps University. Over the course of his 26 years with the Marines he served in multiple units and organizations in California, Virginia, and Okinawa. His command and staff assignments included 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines; 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines; 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division; and the 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Upon his retirement, he served as an Observer, Controller, and Trainer with the Army’s Battle Command Training Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Management from the National Defense University.

James P. Pottorff

Mr. Pottorff is currently the General Counsel for the University of Kansas. Prior to assuming his current position, he served in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General officer, retiring with the rank of Colonel.  During his military career he served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 10th Mountain Division, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the United Stated Military Academy and Chief of Criminal Law, Senior Trial Counsel and Chief of Claims for the 1st Infantry Division. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, an L.L.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s School, and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.  He also holds graduate degrees from the Naval War College and Pepperdine University.