Norwich University officials announced top positions filled:

Provost and dean of faculty: Norwich has named Sandra G. Affenito, Ph.D., as new provost and dean of faculty beginning August 1, 2017. Affenito holds a doctorate in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut and she completed postdoctoral training in biomedical and behavioral sciences at Wesleyan University through the National Institutes of Health, Office of Women’s Health.

As a 2012 alumna of the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, Wellesley College and a 2015 graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University, Affenito has extensive background experiences in higher education leadership and management. Collectively, she has more than 35 years of leadership and administrative experience in higher education, health care, and the corporate sector; this background has provided for diverse leadership experiences across a variety of functions and units.

Chief information officer: Norwich has named Francis (Frank) Moore, of Spanaway, Washington, as chief information officer at Norwich University beginning July 5, 2017. Since 2000, Moore has served as the chief information officer at two universities: Longwood University, Virginia. and Pacific Lutheran University, Washington. At both institutions, he handled information technology services budgeting and strategic planning. Besides performing the traditional chief information officer duties at Norwich University, Moore will teach several computer science and computer security and information assurance classes.

These two positions are newly created.

“With the addition of these two positions to our university leadership team, we are well positioned as an institution to deliver a world-class education to our future leaders as we usher in our bicentennial in 2019 and envision the next phase of Norwich University,” President Richard W. Schneider said.

College of National Services dean: Norwich named Air Force Col. Andrew Hird (pictured) as dean of the College of National Services, which oversees Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Norwich through the departments of Army Military Science, Aerospace Studies and Naval Science.

Hird is Commander of U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 867, Northfield, Vermont., where he leads and manages the administration of the Air Force officer training program at Norwich University. Detachment 867’s nine authorized personnel guide and mentor approximately 150 officer candidates, active and special cadet students through training and professional leadership development as well as instruction in Air Force structure, history and national security affairs.

He has commanded aircrew in the C-141B and C-17A, and is a former C-17A schoolhouse instructor. He has served on the Air Staff, the Central Command Combined Air Operations Center staff and the United States Transportation Command Staff. Besides his current command, Hird commanded the 62nd Operations Group, 517th Firebird Airlift Squadron and the 385th Air Expeditionary Group. He is a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours and has flown combat missions in Operations Deliberate Force, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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