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Nearly 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich


June 5, 2017

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 (pictured) comes to Norwich after serving as associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford, Ct. As dean at USJ, Dr. Affenito functioned as a Chief Academic Officer for two major academic units. She established the Center for Student Research and Creative Activity; the Academics and Art Alliance; advanced teaching, research, scholarly and creative activities; and expanded professional development for faculty and academic staff. Affenito has over twenty-five years of leadership and administrative experience in higher education, health care, and the corporate sector.

Chief Information Officer: Norwich has named Francis (Frank) Moore, of Spanaway, Wash., as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Norwich University beginning July 5, 2017. Since 2000, Moore has served as the Chief Information Officer at two universities: Longwood University, Va. and Pacific Lutheran University, Wash.  At both institutions, he was responsible for all ITS budgeting and strategic planning, ensuring that the ITS plan dovetailed appropriately with the University’s strategic plan. In addition to performing the traditional CIO 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,” said President Richard W. Schneider.

Dean of the College of National Services: Norwich has named Air Force Colonel 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 AFROTC Detachment 867, Northfield, Vt., 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. In addition to his current command, Col 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) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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