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Mrs. Gail H. McGinn

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McGinn Consulting , LLC.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Deputy Undersecretary, Liaison
    Department of Defense
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
  • Member
    Senior Executive Service
  • Under Secretary
    Joint Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
  • BOARD of TRUSTEES Member
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges


  • B.A. , Psychology
  • Masters Degree , Education
    Boston University
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HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn ..., 8 April 2011 [cached]
HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn '73, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans with the U.S. Department of Defense and president of McGinn Consulting, LLC., will return to campus on Thursday, April 14 as part of the Professionals in Residence Series.
During her talk "Civilian Careers in the U.S. Defense Department," McGinn will speak with students about her commitment to the Armed Forces during her 37-year career as one of the highest ranking civilian women in the Department of Defense. She will also reflect on her experience as a William Smith student and graduate.
McGinn received her bachelor's degree in psychology from William Smith in 1973.
McGinn went on to earn an Ed.M. from Boston University in 1980.
The event is sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.
The photo above was taken of McGinn during a previous trip to campus.
Senior Defense Official Earns Leadership Award, 16 Sept 2009 [cached]
Gail H. McGinn, deputy undersecretary of defense for plans since 2002, received the DoD Senior Professional Women's Association's Excellence in Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership, professionalism and advocacy in breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women.
"Being a leader means you get to do exciting things," said McGinn, noting that she was "very honored and humbled" to receive the award.
McGinn said she also is thankful for the counsel and assistance provided by mentors and colleagues she has worked with during her career.
"You don't become a leader on your own," McGinn pointed out.
Appointed a member of the senior executive service in 1992, McGinn also is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
McGinn oversees programs and policies that manage and support servicemembers -- including those wounded in war -- as well as civilians, military families and veterans. She also manages military policies that address sexual assault, gender and diversity issues.
McGinn also serves as the senior language authority for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is responsible for improving foreign language capability within the department and also oversees policy development for the diversity and equal opportunity programs.
McGinn also is "a tireless advocate of our wounded warriors and a leading liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure the federal government provides world-class support to those who've served," Lynn said.
And McGinn's performance as acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness over the past several months, Lynn said, has been "brilliant."
It was a pleasure working with McGinn, he recalled, noting that during his tenure she demonstrated superb leadership and provided valued and trusted advice during discussions of important policy issues such as the prevention of sexual assault in the military and how to care for victims.
HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn ... [cached]
HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn '73, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans with the U.S. Department of Defense and president of McGinn Consulting, LLC., will return to campus on Thursday, April 14 as part of the Professionals in Residence Ser...
Honorary Council - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 24 May 2004 [cached]
Gail McGinnDeputy Undersecretary of Defense for PlansLiaison from the Department of Defense
Henderson Hall Main Page, 26 Aug 2002 [cached]
The center "is critical to the Defense Department, service members and their families," said Gail McGinn, DoD's representative on Red Cross matters."I think it's going to make the system more accessible and more seamless.Basically, you don't have to worry about finding an office.
They are available with just a telephone call."
McGinn is currently serving as DoD's principal director for personnel support, families and education.She, as well as other DoD staff members, worked with the Red Cross on the project from the beginning to help ensure service members' needs would continue to be met with the new system.
She said without Red Cross support, DoD would have to establish a massive communications network that would be costly, time consuming and labor intensive.And even then, she pointed out, it wouldn't have the Red Cross' trusted reputation.
When a commander in the field receives an emergency message from the Red Cross about one of his service members, he knows the message is reliable, McGinn said.Similarly, she said, "Service members know they are getting information that has been verified and that there's someone who can arrange financial assistance and help with travel."
McGinn and Dole both emphasized that the new system will not alter other Red Cross services provided at installations worldwide, including health and safety education, volunteer recruitment, and placement and disaster services.
"Our responsibilities have changed over the years, but the commitment of the men and women in this room to the men and women who serve our country remains the same," Dole said.
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