Chairman and CEO Emeritus

General Arthur T. Dean

Arthur T. Dean became the Executive Chairman, CADCA Board of Directors, on September 1, 2020. General Dean was Chairman & CEO of CADCA from August 31, 1998 to August 31,2020. His responsibilities over his 22-year tenure included providing strategic direction, diversification and increasing funding, board leadership, oversight of CADCA missions and employees while being the primary spokesman for the organization.

Before joining CADCA, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Army. He retired on August 31, 1998, at the grade of Major General. During his time in the Army, General Dean served around the world. He saw combat in the Republic of Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. He was a U.S. Army and Republic of Vietnam Senior Parachutist and an Army Ranger. He possesses numerous awards with the highest being two awards of the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal.

General Dean is the 2016 recipient of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)’s Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award and National Conference on Citizenship’s prestigious Franklin Award for Citizen of the Year. He is also the 2020 recipient of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Lifetime Achievement Award.

General Dean has served as a member of numerous boards to include the Executive Council of the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts of America; member of the Defense Science Board Human Resources Task Force; chairman of the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) Advisory Committee; co-chair and member, Advisory Commission, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, Executive Office of the President; member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Advisory Council; member, National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH); member, Executive Committee (EXCOM) of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and member, Board of Directors, The Madeira School. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of CADCA’s Board of Directors.

General Dean received his undergraduate degree in history from Morgan State University in 1967 and his master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University in 1977. He is also a graduate of the Stanford University’s Advanced Management Program and the U.S. Army’s War College.

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