New Commandant of Cadets and Vice President for Student Affairs
Michael B. Kelley, Ph.D., P.E. and Colonel, United States Army, has been named the new commandant of cadets and vice president for student affairs at Norwich University. Colonel Kelley comes to Norwich University after an impressive Army career spanning more than 27 years and with academic credentials from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University and from Norwich University, said Richard Schneider, president of Norwich University.
"Dr. Kelley served as a Regimental Command Sergeant Major in 1973 and as the Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets in 1974 while at Norwich University. He is a well-published scholar and an outstanding teacher who already has made important contributions in the lives of students while at the United States Military Academy at West Point," Schneider said. "Over and above his academic achievements, he is an exceptional soldier, a seasoned military leader who will retire from active duty from the United States Military Academy later this summer. He shares an equal dedication and passionate commitment to both educational life and military service. We are extremely fortunate to have a professional of this stature in this very important position," Schneider added.
Kelley has a long list of publications in his research interests of engineering education and environmental engineering, including waterborne disease transmission and drinking water treatment technologies.
He is currently a member of the USMA faculty council, chair of the USMA faculty development committee, and faculty athletic representative (officer representative) for Army softball - an NCAA Division I team. He is currently the program manager for the environmental science and environmental engineering program at West Point, which teaches more than 150 cadet graduates per year.
Kelley graduated with a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in 1974, majoring in civil engineering (BSCE). He received his master's degree from Purdue University in 1976 in civil (environmental) engineering (MSCE) and his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in environmental engineering (Ph.D.) in 1996.
Schneider said the university has been searching for a candidate with strong leadership, organizational skills, and proven military experience, along with a student-oriented background.
"Colonel Kelley surpassed all of our expectations in those areas, and he brings added interpersonal skills and clear evidence of a commitment to meet the new future of Norwich's Corps of Cadets and civilian students. With more than 27 years of military leadership experience and as a graduate of Norwich University, I believe Colonel Kelley has that special appreciation to make it all work. We are extremely proud and pleased to have him join us here at Norwich University."
Colonel Kelley is excited about the opportunity to serve his alma mater in a position that influences the lives of each cadet and student. "It has been a dream come true to help lead Norwich University in the years ahead," he said.
Colonel Kelley will assume command of the Corps of Cadets on August 1,
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