Sam Clovis is currently a tenured full Professor of Economics at a private liberal arts college in northwest Iowa. Originally from rural Kansas, Sam accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. Sam commanded the 70th Fighter Squadron and retired as the Inspector General of the United States Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. After 25 years, he achieved the rank of Full Colonel.
Sam earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and studied at Georgetown University in the National Security program. He earned his doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama and then entered the field of higher education. He has taught at various other institutions including Iowa State University in the Masters of Public Administration program.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Clovis entered the private sector working for a series of companies in management and executive roles. He was a division manager for the Logicon Corporation, providing leadership to a wide array of capabilities including human factors engineering, Wargaming for the United States Air Force and technology applications for defense industry clients. Sam also served as an Associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, America’s oldest consulting firm, Northrop Grumman and most recently as a Fellow with the Homeland Security Institute, a DC-based think-tank. He came to his current position in 2005 and has been active in Republican politics. Sam hosted a daily conservative talk show on KSCJ, 1360 am, in Sioux City, IA, and a program about faith and citizenship for St. Gabriel Communications, a Catholic radio outlet. He also served as the President of Serious Civics for America, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on raising civics awareness and enhancing education reform. He is a Catholic and lives in Hinton, IA, with his wife Charlotte and stepson Khan.