LTG (Ret) Ken Keen
Lieutenant General (Ret) Ken Keen graduated from Sycamore High School, in Sycamore, Ill,
in 1970. Following graduation from Eastern Kentucky University, as a distinguished
military graduate, he was commissioned as a 2LT in the U.S Army Infantry in December
1974. LTG (Ret) Keen retired from active duty on 1 March 2013.
LTG (Ret) Keen is currently the Associate Dean of Leadership Development and a Senior
Lecturer in Organization and Management for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership development program
and teaches leadership courses. This includes teaching a core leadership course for MBAs, a
Leadership Fellows Course, a Leadership Capstone Course for selected graduating MBAs;
crisis leadership seminars; and a team dynamics seminar for all MBA programs. He also
coaches MBAs in the Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy; coordinates and directs the
participation of all MBAs through the Leadership Reaction Course at Fort Benning, Georgia;
and is the faculty director for the Executive Education Managerial Leadership Program.
LTG (Ret) Keen served 38 years in the Army with over 11 years working and living abroad
in the Republic of Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Germany, Egypt, and Pakistan. Ken
commanded a SCUBA detachment in 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group; a company and
Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division; Joint Task Force – Haiti following the Jan 2010
earthquake; as well as serving on three U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military
forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods. He participated in Operation
JUST CAUSE in 1989 as the Assistant S3 of the 75th Ranger Regiment; commanded a Ranger
Task Force during Operation DESERT STORM in 1990, as part of a Joint Special Operations
Command,, while serving as the S3 of the 1st Ranger Battalion; was the Executive Officer and
Commander of 1st Ranger Battalion; and was the 11th Colonel of the 75th Ranger Regiment
from 1999 to 2001.
LTG (Ret) Keen is a graduate of the Brazilian Command and General Staff College, the
University of Florida’s Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, and the Army War College.
LTG (Ret) Keen also serves on several non-profit Boards in support of military veterans,
education, and international humanitarian organizations. Ken is the Chairman of the Board
of Trustees for the U.S. Army War College; Board member on the Foundation for Atlanta
Veterans Education and Research (FAVER) Board of Directors; Board member for the
Witness to War Foundation; Board member of the Community Organized Relief Effort; on
the Board of Advisors to the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky
University; Chairman of the Ranger Hall of Fame Board; and Honorary Colonel of the 75th
In 2000, he was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni,
and in 2016, LTG (Ret) Keen was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and the
National Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame.
LTG (Ret) Keen has been married to Mary Ellen Hume for over 47 years. They have a
daughter, Marta Keen, and two sons Dr. Ryan Keen, Jonathan Keen, who is married to
Jennifer Wu, a grandson, Jackson, and granddaughter, Juliana.