Please accept my sincere appreciation for extending such a warm welcome to our newly appointed 56th Commandant and Vice President of Student Affairs, Colonel William (“Bill”) McCollough’91, USMC (Ret.) on September 14.
For the remainder of this academic year, LTC Bill Passalacqua’88 will continue to serve as Acting Commandant of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets, and has been promoted to VSM Colonel rank. Greg McGrath will continue to lead the Student Affairs team as our Acting Dean of Students.
During the extended search process for the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets/Vice President of Student Affairs, Colonel Passalacqua and Mr. McGrath, along with many members of the Norwich community, worked additional duties and very long hours while short staffed. I am grateful for the above and beyond service achieved by this team of selfless professionals. Please join me in thanking the entire Student Affairs team for their herculean efforts this past summer and this academic year!
Colonel McCullough will be working with Norwich leaders and the Student Affairs team in the months ahead to strategically inform operational plans to ensure student success, leadership training, and a robust campus life experience for our Norwich student community.
Colonel McCollough will permanently arrive in summer 2022 once his professional and personal obligations conclude.
Yours in Service,
Dr. Mark Anarumo
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Norwich University President Dr. Mark Anarumo named Colonel William McCollough, USMC (Ret.) ’91 as the 56th Commandant of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets and Vice President of Student Affairs, effective late spring 2022.
McCollough was commissioned in 1991 after graduating summa cum laude from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a Company Grade Officer, he graduated both The Basic School and Amphibious Warfare School with honors and served with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines; the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company; and 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, participating in Operations Marathon, Southern Watch and Desert Thunder.
To the Norwich Family,
I am writing to remind our entire community - students, faculty, staff, families, and alum - that none of us is alone. We have many support services available through Norwich University and outside organizations. This statement is always true; we at Norwich are fully committed to the mental health of all, including our community of friends and partners.
This memo serves as a reminder of this commitment especially to our veteran community and their families in response to events unfolding in Afghanistan. Images over the past week have been deeply disturbing and are causing many to question their efforts and sacrifice. Many may not be aware I am a 100% disabled combat veteran with service in Afghanistan, some of which included significant loss. I have also lost members of my commands to mental distress due to their service in the wars we have been fighting for 20 years. Watching footage taken in Afghanistan, a country in which we invested so much blood, treasure, time, and life, makes it easy to question what it was all for.