Capitol & State

Former defense, CIA head Panetta to receive Frank Church award

Former U.S. defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta will receive the Frank and Bethine Church Award for public service on Jan. 18 at a dinner in his honor at Boise State University.

The award will be presented in conjunction with the 32nd annual Frank Church Conference, Jan. 15 at the BSU Student Union. The conference, titled “Clash of Cultures: The Middle East in Turmoil,” will feature speakers including Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of state and ambassador to six countries.

The conference is free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the Jan. 18 dinner. Information on reservations will soon be available at, or call (208) 426-2941.

Panetta, who served nine terms as a congressman from California, was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. After leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, he and his wife Sylvia established the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay. Panetta served as CIA director from 2009 to 2011 and as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013.