2015 Tillman Scholar

Paul Cusack

Columbia University
M.A., International Affairs

“The power of human conscience coupled with faith, hope and science is the thing that will move history.”

Following a unique 1000-mile hike along the US-Mexican border in the fall of 2009, Paul made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Army to support counter-terror operations overseas. When it came time to re-enlist, he made the decision to pursue a degree in International Affairs and move from the tactical part of war and conflict to the strategic management side of that same equation.

Throughout his service, Paul credits the military with teaching him the most important lesson of all: humility. He sees it as the key ingredient for long-term success for individuals and organizations. After his immersion in the Army, he now aspires to transition back into the world of private sector ideas and collaboration, and his hope is to convince more leaders in the public and private sectors to consider a similar manner of thinking about our country’s international obligations.