Bob Ivany was born in Austria after his parents fled Hungary. During his various commands as an armored cavalry officer, he led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Federal Republic of Germany and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. Bob also served in a number of unique positions including the Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986 and an assistant professor of history and football coach at the Military Academy at West Point. He was the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Military District of Washington, from 1998 to 2000. Prior to his retirement from the Army with the rank of Major General and capping off his 34-year military career, Bob presided over the education of strategic leaders at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. In 2004, Dr. Ivany became the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.