Retired Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
Raised in the Missouri Ozarks, General Terrence R. Dake attended and received undergraduate degrees from the College of the Ozarks and the University of Arkansas. He holds a Master of Arts from Pepperdine University. In addition, the General is a graduate of the National Defense University and the Wharton School of Business 2001 Global Leadership Forum. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia, in October 1966.
After General Dake was designated a Naval Aviator in 1968, he logged more than 6,200 flight hours in military aircraft. Significant flying tours include: a combat tour in Vietnam in 1968-69; Commanding Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, designated as the President Reagan’s helicopter pilot 1983-85; and Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing 1995-1996. He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations, G-3, for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Desert Shield and Storm. General Dake advanced to the rank of 4 star general and assumed the position as Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps on September 5, 1998. During his military service, he was presented with the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with gold star, in lieu of second award, the Air Medal with Combat “V” with the numeral 2 in lieu of second award and the numeral “31,” and the Navy Commendation Medal.
He retired with the rank of 4 star general after serving 34 years in the Marine Corps and became the Senior Vice President, U.S. Government & International Military Business, for Bell Helicopter Textron. After retiring from Bell Helicopter Textron, he became a Senior Advisor to the C.E.O. of Aviall Services, Inc., in April of 2005. He is the President of Dake Enterprises, LLC. Since 1999, he has served as a member of the College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Board since 2007. General Dake and wife Sue have a daughter, Jana, and a son, Joshua. General and Mrs. Dake have been blessed with five grandchildren. They reside in Trophy Club, Texas.
Robert C. Taylor serves as the senior vice president, chief information officer of Fluor Corporation, with global oversight for IT enterprise operations, cyber security, project execution systems, digital transformation, data analytics, enterprise architecture and enterprise applications.
In 1986, Mr. Taylor joined Fluor Australia’s mining business and led the implementation of computer aided design. Since 1992, Mr. Taylor has held a variety of global IT leadership management positions, including director of applications management, director of IT operations and infrastructure, director of IT strategy, and technical director for Fluor’s ERP implementation. Mr. Taylor has more than 40 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry with 34 years’ experience in computing and automation and an extensive portfolio, including talent development, leadership development, global outsourcing, procurement, ERP implementation, cybersecurity, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and organizational change management. Prior to his career at Fluor, Mr. Taylor held various structural engineering and design positions in his homeland of Australia.