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At Norwich, you developed leadership traits — discipline, integrity, confidence, loyalty, and honor — for you to excel in any profession.

Read below, and follow the external news source links, for stories of Norwich alumni demonstrating leadership and WickGrit in their work or service lives.

Alumni Spotlight

Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere '85Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere '85

Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere ’85 has been nominated for appointment to the grade of general, with assignment as commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Oct. 11 nominated Bussiere, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. In his new role, Bussiere will manage more than 30,000 airmen and strategic assets including nuclear and non-nuclear air craft. The Command also oversees a variety of intercontinental ballistic missiles, helicopters and other services.

Bussiere visited his alma mater two years ago where met with the next generation of leaders. After two days Bussiere was impressed with new cadets graduating from Norwich. “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected,” said Bussiere at that time.

See the Norwich News article   |    See the brief LinkedIn post


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Andrew Liptak ’07 & M’09Andrew Liptak '07 & M'09
January 20, 2023
mychamplainvalley.com's “This Place in History” segment recently interviewed Andrew about his latest VT Historical Society ‘Connections’ newsletter piece on the clothespin industry. “(There was a) very long history of clothespin manufacturing ...in Vermont.” See the video and article on mychamplainvalley.com.


William McIntosh IV '95William McIntosh IV '95
January 3, 2023

Has William McIntosh IV ’95 cracked the secret to living an extraordinary life? In his quest to serve others, the former pro hockey player has skated from California to Florida, helped train Navy SEAL candidates, and joined the search for missing persons. See the article "The Believer" in the Winter 2023 Norwich Record.


Tori Charron '14Tori Charron '14
January 3, 2023

After a pro season in Toronto, the 2014 grad signed on as GM for New Jersey’s Metropolitan Riveters. See "Tori Charron’s Rapid Rise in Professional Hockey" in the Winter 2023 Norwich Record.


Jeff Wichman '09 Jeff Wichman '09
January 2, 2023
Jeff shares "5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Manage a Team." Jeff is an experienced Incident Response Practice leader with a demonstrated history of working in the computer and network security industry currently working at Semperis. See the full article (links to Medium.com).


Philip Susmann '81Philip Susmann '81
December 21, 2022
We are proud to announce that Phil Susmann, President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), was recently appointed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott to the State’s new Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council. See the full article on NUARI site.


John DiFederico '92John DiFederico '92
December 19, 2022
Town officials promoted Deputy Chief John DiFederico (left) as chief of police in New Canaan. The promotion, which follows the retirement of Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, took effect Dec. 31 and comes with standard three-month probationary periods, according to Commission Chair Paul Foley. See the full article (links to news site).


Greg Gaines M'98Greg Gaines M'98
December 18, 2022

Greg Gaines M'98 has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at E-Complish. A senior executive with 20 years of experience, Gaines, has excelled in leading organizations and teams to deliver excellence to clients while promoting sustainable growth.
See the full article (links to news site).


Ryan Kelly '11Ryan Kelly '11
December 13, 2022
Ryan has been promoted to deputy athletic director with Long Island University Athletics. Kelly originally joined the department a year ago as assistant athletic director for sport administration. "I want to thank Ryan for his leadership, helping our department with the recruitment of exceptional student-athletes, sport supervision, helping us improve our general operations," director of athletics Dr. William E. Martinov Jr. said. See the full article (links to LIU Athletics website).


Sgt, Maj. Michael Weimer M'15Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer '15
December 8, 2022
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer will serve as the Army's next top noncommissioned officer, Military.com confirmed Thursday. He'll take over as the service's 17th sergeant major of the Army in August 2023, replacing Michael Grinston, who is set to retire shortly after the handover. See the full article on Military.com and see article on Army Times.


Dennis Smith '90Dennis Smith '90
December 2, 2022
Smith—after an impressive three decades as a coach in Middlebury, VT's MUHS football program, and head coach since 2008—is stepping aside. Smith's final season coaching the Tigers, his alma mater, was a successful one, leading Middlebury to the Division I state championship game as the tournament's No. 3 seed. See the full article (links to news site).


John “Fin” Eifert M'18
November 17, 2022
Eifert, a Norwich leadership alumnus, was named District Ranger for Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District. Los Padres is California’s second-largest national forest and one of the most heavily visited national forests in the nation. See the full article (links to USDA/Forest Service site).


Tony DiSotto M'11Tony DiSotto M'11
November 10, 2022
MBA alum, Tony DiSotto, has been appointed market president at KeyBank, overseeing and coordinating the banks go-to market strategy across its various lines of business and serve as the face and voice of Key in Maine. See the full article (links to news site). 


Jim Migliaccio '63; George Lyons '65 and Bob Shanahan '63Jim Migliaccio '63, George Lyons '65 and Bob Shanahan '63
November 9, 2022
Three Old Guard Alumni volunteer weekly at a local charity in Cunning, GA. Thank you, Jim, George Bob Shanahan for giving back to your community! The Place of Forsyth County is a full-service charity that has served the local community for almost 50 years by transforming and saving lives by helping clients become more self-sufficient. See more on Facebook. 


Amanda Conway '20

Amanda Conway '20
November 3, 2022
Amanda started Year 3 of professional hockey with Connecticut Whale over the weekend. “It was definitely a dream for sure to play professionally,” said Conway. “I sort of watched this league begin while I was in college, so to be playing in it now has really been awesome. It’s been a dream. Guys get to grow up dreaming of playing in the NHL, so I think it’s great that girls now have that chance to grow up dreaming of playing here.” See the full article (links to news site).


Keith Aucoin '01Keith Aucoin '01
October 29, 2022
All Keith Aucoin wanted to do was remain in the game after he retired from pro hockey. His impressive playing career came to an end after the 2017-18 season, but Aucoin wanted to become a pro scout. He achieved that goal last month when the Colorado Avalanche hired him as part of their scouting department. See the full article (links to news site). 


Col. Matthew Braman '95 Col. Matthew Braman '95
October 27, 2022
During a visit to Norwich University on Oct. 25, Col. Matthew Braman, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commander for support, spoke candidly with senior cadets about leadership and career opportunities in the Army. “This was an opportunity for me to recruit quality leaders for the 10th Mountain Division and to do that at an institution that got me to where I am today,” Braman said. See the full article (links to news site).


Robert Morgalo M'12Robert J. Morgalo M'12
October 21, 2022
Master of Arts in Diplomacy alumnus Robert J. Morgalo proposes to build a $25 million movie studio in Tamaqua, PA. Read more about Morgalo's upcoming films and how he plans to compete with studios in Manhattan, New Jersey and New York's Hudson Valley. See the full article (links to Yahoo News). 


Adam Oliver '16Adam Oliver '16
October 19, 2022
Congratulations to Adam for accepting a new role with the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team as the team's strength and conditioning coach! The Stingrays are affiliates of the NHL's Washington Capitals and AHL's Hershey Bears. 
See the full article (links to sports news site). 


 Brigadier General (retired) Charles J. Masaracchia '92

BG (Ret.) Charles J. Masaracchia '92
October 6, 2022
Brigadier General (retired) Charles J. Masaracchia, has been named Director of Organizational Development for Boyer Commercial Construction. General Masaracchia commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry from Norwich University and then spent 30 years in distinguished service as an officer in the US Army. 
See the full article (links to industry news site). 


LtCol Mark Paolicelli, USMC 1996Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli '96
October 5, 2022
Norwich alum Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli reflects on his time in the military and as the longest-serving deputy commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
See post on LinkedIn or news article on www.army.mil. 


Bill Hayden '91Bill Hayden '91
September 30, 2022
Bill was recently awarded the Washington State Bar Association Award for Professional Excellence (APEX) for his leadership raising awareness of injured veterans and pro bono work directly supporting injured veterans.
See more on YouTube. 


Doug Isbecque '72Doug Isbecque '72
September 12, 2022
Doug recently portrayed Colonel Mustard in the classic CLUE, On Stage at the Eagle Theater in Sugar Hill, GA in Metro Atlanta to sell out audiences of over 4,000. See more on Facebook. 


Michael Golden '09Michael Golden '09
September 11, 2022
Michael Golden was promoted to major in the Marine Corps component of the New York Naval Militia during a recent ceremony at the New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, NY.
See the full article (links to news site). 


Lt. Gen. Doug Stitt ‘90 Lt. Gen. Douglas F. Stitt '90
August 27, 2022
In a ceremony at the Pentagon earlier this month, Douglas F. Stitt '90 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. Gen. James C. McConville, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, hosted the Aug. 5 ceremony during which Lt. Gen. Stitt received his third star. He previously held the rank of major general. See the full article (links to news site).


Paul Mercer '65Paul Mercer '65 
August 19, 2022
Paul recently participated in Run to Home Base, raising over $5,600 for the cause. Home Base is Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. See more on Facebook. 


Chris Costa '84 - ABC news video screen shotCOL Christopher P. Costa (Ret.) '84
August 11, 2022
International Spy Museum Executive Director — and counterterrorism expert — Chris Costa ’84 was interviewed by two news sources this week for his expert opinion on the potential U.S.-Russia prisoner swap involving Brittney Griner, and on how US intelligence led the strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (links, respectively, to NPR news article / ABC News video). 


Keith Gelinas ’84Keith Gelinas '84
July 27, 2022
Keith, of Amazon Web Services, discusses the industrial cloud, Amazon leadership principles, and staying humble.
See the full article in The Norwich Record.


U.S. Army Reserve Retired Colonel William Lyons Jr. ’90, JD, MSS, MTUS, MSt

COL William F. Lyons, Jr. '90
July 20, 2022
U.S. Army Reserve Retired Colonel William Lyons Jr. ’90, JD, MSS, MTUS, MSt., is the new director of Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security.
See the full article (links to Norwich news site).


Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10 
July 20, 2022
Congratulations on a historic promotion for Officer Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10 to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Exarhopoulos has proudly become the first female Sergeant in the history of the Sherborn (MA) Police Department. See more on Facebook.