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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

Jamie McGrath M'17Jamie McGrath M'17

Jamie McGrath has been named the new director of the Major General W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development, which oversees the academic program of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

McGrath, a Virginia Tech 1990 corps graduate who retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of captain, has served as the corps’ deputy commandant for 3rd Battalion since September 2019.

“Jamie McGrath brings a special combination of military and educational experience to the role,” said Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, the commandant of cadets. “His passion for teaching and inspiring young leaders will ensure the Rice Center’s curriculum continues to offer relevant lessons to cadets and students across campus.”
Photo caption: Jamie McGrath is the new director of the Major General W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development. Photo by Shay Barnhart for Virginia Tech.

See more on the Virginia Tech site. 


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Lance English '84Lt. Col. Lance English '84
January 16, 2022
Lance has spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves. He retired in 2021 from the civil Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
See the spotlight article here (links to news site).
(In photo, Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.) 


Brendan Fitzgerald '21Brendan Fitzgerald '21
January 3, 2022
Brendan Fitzgerald, a 2021 alumnus, graduated from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Police Academy in December. He’ll start field training with a senior officer in Concord, MA.
See the full article here (links to Norwich news article).


Molly McGlaughlin '89Molly McGlaughlin '89
December 26, 2021
Azzur Group announced the recent appointment of Molly McGlaughlin to Chief Operating Officer of Azzur Cleanrooms on Demand™ (Azzur COD). In this newly established role, Ms. McGlaughlin oversees all business operations for Azzur COD at a global level. See the full articles here and here (links to industry sites).


James Garrett M'14
December 25, 2021
Greylock Federal Credit Union (Pittsfield, MA) has promoted James Garrett to assistant vice president of human resources. Garrett came to Greylock in fall 2020, as manager of human resources. In his new role, he will oversee the growth of Greylock’s evolving Human Resources Department.
See the full article here (links to industry site).


Hannah Gamsby '20Hannah Gamsby '20
December 15, 2021
Hannah was recently hired by the College of Charleston (SC) Department of Athletics as Athletic Trainer. 
See the mention, fifth listing down, here (links to College of Charleson news release).


Andrea DeLaBruere '93Andrea DeLaBruere '93
December 13, 2021
Governor Phil Scott and Human Services Secretary Mike Smith today announced the appointment of Andrea DeLaBruere as the new commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA), effective December 20, 2021. 
See the full article here (links to news site).


John Kleinhans M’16John Kleinhans M'16
December 9, 2021
Danbury (CT) Mayor Dean Esposito named John Kleinhans as Government Affairs and Communications Advisor. John has over a decade of experience in state, municipal and communications roles. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategy of ImageWorks, and previously, served as Executive Director of the Connecticut Republican Party. 
See the full article here (links to news site).


Douglas Farnham M'11
December 8, 2021
Governor Phil Scott today announced that he has appointed Douglas Farnham as Agency of Administration deputy secretary. Farnham has served as chief operational officer of the Agency. Prior to his appointment as chief operational officer, Farnham served at the Vermont Department of Taxes since 2011 in several roles.
See the VT State website press release here.


Alexandra Pierce  M’07Alexandra Pierce M'07
December 4, 2021
Alexandra was recently named the City and Borough of Juneau’s (AL) tourism manager. She will help chart a path forward for local tourism, which is projected to bring millions of people — and dollars — to the capital city in the coming years.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Don Brown '77Don Brown '77
November 23, 2021
University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford announced Monday that Brown, the current Arizona Wildcats defensive coordinator, will return to UMass to be the Minutemen’s head football coach in 2022.
See Facebook post.


LTC Erik Andreasen '01
November 21, 2021
Back in August, LTC Erik Andreasen competed in the famous Hearst Doubles event on Camp Perry’s Viale Range. Andreasen is the Commanding Officer for the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU).
See the full article here.


General Andika Perkasa M’99General Andika Perkasa M'99
November 12, 2021
Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) has cleared General Andika Perkasa as the future Indonesian Military (TNI) commander. He is set to replace Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who will retire this year.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Matthew Reid ‘89BrigGen Matthew Reid '89
October 27, 2021
Brig General Matthew Reid was recently promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, USMC. He attended Norwich University ROTC, and earned his Civil Engineering Degree before starting his active duty career in the Marine Corps.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Erica Bornemann M'10Erica Bornemann M'10
October 25, 2021
Congratulations to Erica Bornemann M'10, who has been selected as the new President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) by the Vermont Emergency Management Director.
See Facebook post.


Albert Gosselin '03
October 22, 2021
Master Sergeant Albert Gosselin '03 was among 9 nine sergeants promoted to master sergeant by the Connecticut State Police during a ceremony recently at headquarters in Middletown.
See the full news article.


Chris Kiss 99COL Chris Kiss '99
October 22, 2021
Congratulations to COL Chris Kiss '99 on being awarded the "A" proficiency designator, a professional excellence honor bestowed by the Army Surgeon General upon candidates who have attained full professional status and national prominence in their field. See Facebook post.

 


Mark Stainbrook '91Mark Stainbrook '91
October 13, 2021
Mark Stainbrook, a law enforcement veteran with almost three decades of public service, has been selected as the next Police Chief for the City of Beverly Hills.  Stainbrook currently serves as Chief of Police and Vice President of Public Safety for the Port of San Diego. Chief Stainbrook is expected to begin duties in late November.
See the full article here (links to city's site).


Julie Scribner ‘15, M‘19 Julie Scribner '15, M'19
September 23, 2021
Capt. Julie Scribner’s last day with the Vermont State Police was Friday, September 24. She has been with the VSP since 2001, then returned to college later, graduating from Norwich in 2015. That degree allowed her to move up the ranks, earning a promotion to lieutenant in the state police. From there, she held a number of different roles, from recruiter to detective to captain.
See the wcax.com report and video, where she also discusses the recruitment of women into the VSP.


Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. William McColloughLTC William F. McCollough '91
September 14, 2021
William McCollough, retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, returned to the campus where he’d graduated 30 years ago, becoming Norwich University’s 56th Corps of Cadets commandant and the first to also have the vice president of student affairs title. He’ll assume the roles in late Spring 2022.
See the full article here (links to Norwich news article).


Gil Vega M’05, CISO at VeeamGil Vega M'05
August 26, 2021
In an interview with Gil Vega, CISO at Veeam, the topic of how a security skills shortage affects organizations is raised. Gil opines: “There’s an ongoing “war on talent” in security. Everyone is trying to hire the same people.…”
See the full interview here (links to industry site).


Al Claussen M'07
August 17, 2021
Al Claussen has joined the Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital Board of Trustees.
See the vermontjournal.com article.


Cody Griswold '14Cody Griswold '14
August 13, 2021

Cody Griswold is in on the ground floor. He is the first women’s wrestling coach at Elmira College, preparing the Soaring Eagles for the inaugural season in 2021-22.
See the full article here (links to news site).