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Egil "Bud" Krogh

Egil "Bud" Krogh joined the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in January 2009 as a Senior Fellow on Leadership, Ethics, and Integrity, a year after speaking at the Center’s National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership. Over the last 5+ years, Bud has focused on spreading the message of integrity-based decision making through youth, corporate, public service, and legal education. In 2007, Public Affairs Press published his book Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House.

Bud’s work in integrity is rooted in his experiences at the highest levels of decision-making. After a tour with the Navy during the Vietnam War followed by graduation from law school (where he was an editor at the University of Washington Law Review), Bud joined John Ehrlichman's staff as Assistant to the Counsel to the President at the beginning of Richard Nixon's first term.

During his time on the White House staff, Bud's responsibilities included District of Columbia governmental affairs, work with the early Special Investigations Unit (eventually known as the "Plumbers"), law enforcement, narcotics control policy, and transportation policy. His final position in the federal government was Under Secretary of Transportation in 1973.

As co-director of the White House "Plumbers," Bud approved a covert operation as part of a national security investigation into the leak of the Top Secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served four and a half months in prison.

During the five years between disbarment from law practice in 1975 and reinstatement to the bar in 1980, Bud taught Ethics, Public Policy Analysis, and Administrative Law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. After reinstatement, he focused his law practice on mediation and resolving energy policy issues in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, with extensive work in international negotiations for power rights on the Columbia River system as well as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues on the Western Interconnect.

Work in the Northwest also led to Bud's participation in Project Pelion and the 1990 Mount Everest Earth Day International Peace Climb, two purpose-driven climbs that succeeded in part because of their commitment to organizational and personal integrity.

Bud has had 35 years to reflect on the lessons learned from his experience in the White House and their relevance to more recent political and business scandals. Some of his conclusions have resulted in The Integrity Zone®, a decision-making model intended to help people make choices based on integrity in their professional and personal lives. With the Center, Bud will continue to develop and promote new methods of encouraging integrity-based decision-making among business leaders, public servants, lawyers, and America’s youth.