Trustee, Fred J. Hansen Foundation
Anton (“Tony”) Dimitroff is the Trustee of the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust. As the Trustee, he is responsible for the programs that the Hansen Foundation sponsors and funds. He has, over the last few decades, conceived of and overseen the design of the various programs that the Hansen Trust has operated. In doing this, he has worked closely together with his wife, Gail Dimitroff. In 2019, Gail passed away and will be greatly missed for her insights and involvement in the creation and operation of the programs with Tony, particularly the Hansen Leadership Institute. Today, under their leadership, the Hansen Leadership Institute is a fitting tribute to Gail’s contributions.
Tony is a first generation American whose parents came from Macedonia and Bulgaria in the 1930s. His family believed in the value of education. With that goal in mind, he received a BA from Wabash College, a small all-men’s liberal arts college, then, on a Fulbright Grant, attended l’Université de Paris, l’Institut d’Étude Politique, and finally obtaining a law degree from the Yale Law School. His many years of private law practice, first for a few years in the Paris office of a large international law firm and then at a law firm in San Diego, gave him the skills necessary to manage the Hansen Foundation’s assets and finances, as well as its programs.
Managing Director of the Hansen Leadership Institute
Ronald Bee has taught political science, international relations, conflict resolution, American foreign policy, globalization, and national security policy at the University of San Diego (USD), San Diego State University (SDSU), Cuyamaca College, Grossmont College and Miramar College. From 2005-09, he served as the Director of the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU. From 1994-2006, he worked at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), directing Middle East diplomacy programs for the U.S. Congress, and co-directing the UC Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy. He spent fifteen years in Washington, D.C. in the private and public sectors, including posts at the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, and the Congressional Research Service. In 1987-88, Mr. Bee was selected as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for American Leadership to work in the West German Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and for the Governing Mayor of West Berlin. In 1992-93, he helped establish the selection and implementation process for the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) in the former Soviet Union. He has studied, lived, or worked in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, and the Russian Federation. His published books include Mapping Transatlantic Futures: German-American Relations in A Global World (with Collette Mazzucelli, 2015); Terrorism by the Numbers (with Loretta Napoleoni, Milan 2008); Seven Minutes to Midnight: Nuclear Weapons after 9/11 (Foreign Policy Association, 2006); One Nation Becomes Many: The ACCESS Guide to the Former Soviet Union (with Stephen Young and Bruce Seymore II, Washington DC 1992); and Looking the Tiger in the Eye: Confronting the Nuclear Threat (with Carl Feldbaum, Harper & Row, 1988, 1990). The New York Times selected Looking the Tiger in the Eye as a Notable Book of the Year. He currently serves as the California Professor of Record for the Oxford Study Abroad Programme (U.K.) in international relations and is writing a book for the U.S. Naval Institute Press on the new geopolitics of nuclear weapons. He has served as the Managing Director of the Hansen Summer Institute since its inception in 2007.
Brad Frazier, PhD
Assistant Director of the Hansen Leadership Institute
Brad Frazier joined the Hansen Summer Institute staff in December 2018. Before joining HSI, Brad was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wells College in Aurora, New York. He completed a PhD in Philosophy in 2003 from Saint Louis University. Brad also has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of the book, Rorty and Kierkegaard on Irony and Moral Commitment, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2006. Brad also has published articles in journals such as Journal of Religious Ethics, International Philosophical Quarterly, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, as well as numerous book reviews for Metapsychology Online. In addition, Brad has contributed chapters to two books on philosophy and popular culture: The Daily Show and Philosophy, published by Blackwell in 2007, and Stephen Colbert and Philosophy, published by Open Court in 2009. He received the Wells College Excellence in Teaching Award for 2009-10, and the James Collins Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student in Philosophy at Saint Louis University for 1998-99. In addition to Wells College, Brad has taught at Lee University, Saint Louis University, Lake Michigan College, and Virginia Tech. He is an avid hiker and looks forward to exploring the deserts, mountains and forests of California and the West Coast, and to his new journey as the Assistant Director of the Hansen Leadership Institute.