Gregson named COO of U.S. Olympic Committee

Updated: August 25, 2005, 12:18 AM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Retired Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson has been named chief operating officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the organization announced Wednesday.

The 59-year-old Gregson commanded thousands of troops in Asia and the Middle East during a 37-year career with the Marine Corps. He was selected for the post because of his extensive experience in international negotiations and financial management, the USOC said.

"Chip's considerable experience working with leaders of government and business throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim will be especially valuable as we prepare for the Beijing Games," USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr said in a statement.

Gregson will oversee several USOC divisions, including finance, Olympic training center operations and security beginning Sept. 1.

Gregson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He earned a master's degree in international relations from Salve Regina College, then earned another master's degree in strategic planning from the U.S. Naval War College.


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