Ken Keen - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Ken Keen Ken Keen

Associate Dean, Leader Development Program | Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Atlanta, GA, US

Lieutenant General P. K. "Ken” Keen is a retired U.S. Army Officer and the Associate Dean of Leadership Development.




Ken Keen is the Associate Dean of Leadership Development for Emory University's Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership program and is a member of the program's leadership team.

Prior to joining Emory on 1 August 2013, Lieutenant General (Retired) Keen served 38 years in the Army with over 11 years working and living abroad in numerous Latin America countries, Germany, Egypt, Haiti, and Pakistan. Ken has extensive leadership experience of conventional and special operations units as well as the interagency environment. Ken commanded in Special Forces, the 82nd Airborne Division, the Rangers including the 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Task Force – Haiti, following the Jan 2010 earthquake, as well as serving on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods.

As the Commander of Joint Task Force – Haiti, Ken led the largest targeted U.S. military-based response to a foreign disaster consisting of 22,000+ personnel, 19 ships, and 57 aircraft with a budget of $500+ million, including coordinating vision and direction for response to the earthquake, and collaborating with the U.S. Ambassador, Haitian Prime Minister, and senior U.N. officials to determine the immediate requirements for a U.S. response, as well as opening an aerial port of entry receiving first responders that provided emergency medical assistance to 100,000+ Haitians.

LTG (Ret) Keen is a native of Hyden, Kentucky and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Infantry following graduation as a distinguished military graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in December 1974. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Florida's Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program.

LTG (Ret) Keen also serves as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University and a Highly Qualified Expert - Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff J7 in support of Senior Leadership Professional Development Programs/Exercises and is a Board Member for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Leadership Special Forces Leader Development Crisis Relief

Education (2)

University of Florida: MA, Latin American Studies 1986

Eastern Kentucky University: BS, Math 1974

Media Appearances (4)

Finding peace in post-disaster Haiti

Salon  online


"As an AP reporter covering the earthquake, I anticipated violent mayhem. What I discovered was a country united.”

Ken Keen is featured in this article for Salon.

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Sean Penn: Actor calls progress in Haiti ‘extraordinary’

Washington Times  online


Ken Keen is quoted in this article for the Washington Times.

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The Accidental Activist

New York Times Blog  online


Ken Keen is quoted in this article for the New York Times blog.

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Jan. 18: Updates on the Crisis in Haiti

New York Times Blog  online


Ken Keen is featured in this coverage of the Haiti crisis for the New York Times blog.

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Articles (2)

Relationships matter: humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Haiti
Joint Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Challenges in the Geographic Combatant Commands


The following collection of articles focus on U.S. joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) activities, challenges, issues, and operations in the six U.S. geographic combatant commands (GCCs). Today, stability operations in Afghanistan and Iraq rightfully receive the lion’s share of attention, priority, and media coverage. There are, however, many other challenges, potential dangers, and future threats in the other five GCCs that merit attention and continuous observation and evaluation. The GCCs operate in challenging and complex environments, tackling a vast array of JIIM challenges and issues each day. The intent of the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) is to illustrate some of the current challenges in this newsletter and highlight operations at the strategic or theater levels. [...]

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Foreign Disaster Response: Joint Task Force-Haiti Observations
Army Combined Arms Center Fort Leavenworth KS Military Review


The devastation in Haiti caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on 12 January 2010 prompted the longest and largest U.S. military effort in a foreign disaster relief operation. The earthquake destroyed vast areas of Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital, as well as a number of communities to the west of the capital, killing an estimated 230,000 persons and leaving thousands trapped in the wreckage and over two million without shelter. At the peak of Operation Unified Response, 1 February 2010, Joint Task Force-Haiti (JTF-H) consisted of over 22,000 service members, 58 aircraft, and 23 ships. With the stand-down of JTF-H on 1 June, Operation Unified Response lasted nearly five months. This article contains our initial observations and recommendations to after action reviews and lessons that our military and interagency community should learn from as we prepare for the next foreign disaster.

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