Carl Cecil, Vice President Industry Affairs
Carl was commissioned a Military Intelligence officer and served on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division (AALST), 75th Ranger Regiment, and VII Corps. He graduated from the US Naval Postgraduate School in 1991 with his computer science masters degree. He then completed assignments with Army G2 and G3 at the Pentagon before retiring in 1996. Carl was called back to active duty in 2008 and served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan and the Pentagon. Carl began his business career in sales with Excel Communications and continued his sales career with EDS, where he excelled and was recognized with Inner Circle distinction in 2000. He became a Partner with The Kenjya Group in 2005, where they doubled in size during his two year tenure. Carl is now a Senior Director, DoD Programs, for Lee Technologies, a firm that designs, builds, and maintains critical facilities like Data Centers, Command & Control, and Continuity of Operations facilities.
Since retiring from the Army, Carl has been an active USMA admissions participant in Chantilly, Virginia. He strives to find the best students and educate them about the opportunities to attend West Point and serve as an Army Officer. He recruits in Fairfax County schools. He has served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s service academy selection board for the past eight years.
He has served the AOG in the role of Class President since his election in 2004 and re-election in 2009. During his tenure as a Class President, USMA 1979 donated the 79 Climbing Wall in Arvin Gymnasium at West Point; it initiated an aggressive 35th Reunion class gift of $3 million; and it actively supports the West Point traditions and programs. In 2008, Carl launched the West Point Leadership & Ethics conferences for the Washington DC metro that annually support over 150 student and faculty delegates from over 30 high schools. Distinguished graduates such as former superintendents Dave Palmer and Bill Lennox have been keynote speakers. Through his leadership, other classmates have started West Point Leadership & Ethics conferences in their cities (Minneapolis, Tampa, and Killeen). Carl also serves on the West Point Society of DC’s Board of Directors as the Leadership & Ethics chair.
Carl states, “It is my honor and privilege to serve my alma mater. I am dedicated to helping WPAOG effectively serve all graduates, young and old. The Advisory Council is the place to help facilitate that mission and support the Board of Directors. To give back to the Academy that has given so much to me is my solemn duty. I look forward to working with fellow grads to make sure our Academy and alumni association is strong, Army Strong!” Carl is married to Karen, his wife of 28 years, and they have four children: Kelly (USMA ‘10), Claire, Annie, and Patrick.