Colonel (retired) Charles D. Allen

Colonel (retired) Charles D. Allen culminated a 30 year Army career as Director, Leader Development and is currently the Professor of Cultural Science in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

A 1978 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he had overseas assignments in Germany, Honduras, and South Korea. His military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Army War College.

Professor Allen has served in leadership and staff positions from platoon through Corps (I and V Corps) in Army and Joint Commands. He also served as an instructor and assistant professor of Engineering Management at West Point.

His areas of interest are Strategic Leadership, Creativity and Innovation, and Organizational Change. He is a frequent presenter on these topics for Senior Leadership Staff Ride and outreach programs for the Army War College (USAWC). Professor Allen is the Steering Committee Chairman for the Executive Development Roundtable hosted by Boston University.

In addition to authoring and co-authoring material for the USAWC curriculum for the core courses in Strategic Thinking and Strategic Leadership, he is the author and co-author of two chapters (Creative Thinking for Individuals and Teams; Organizational Culture) in Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art (2008). He is a frequent contributor to Journal of Installation Management presenting and applying leadership concepts to Army garrison commanders (the Army’s equivalent to city managers). In service projects to USAWC, he was a contributor to the report “Faculty Recruiting and Retention” and was editor-contributor to “Educating Strategic Leaders: Electives in the USAWC Curriculum.” He is the Chair of the Elective Programs Director Committee at USAWC.

Professor Allen is a 2004-2005 member of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Lumina Project for the Institute of Educational Leadership.


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