Norwich University concludes ROTC Centennial Symposium


April 28, 2016

Norwich University hosted 12 generals and admirals, 40 classroom presentations, two keynote lectures and a moderated panel discussion last week to commemorate 100 years of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and to discuss the future of the leader development program.

As the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich University celebrated ROTC’s centennial anniversary with the “ROTC Centennial Symposium: Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in a Complex World” on April 21-23, 2016. The symposium brought over 150 VIPs to campus including representatives from the Australian and Macedonian attachés as well as the Canadian Military Service Academy, to debate, discuss and celebrate ROTC.

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The symposium kicked off on Thursday, April 21, at the Vermont Statehouse with a morning event and reading of a State of Vermont proclamation by Governor Peter Shumlin and a Joint House and Senate resolution marking the milestone. That evening U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley delivered a keynote Todd Lecture at 7 p.m. entitled, “Leading Through Complexity.”

On Friday, April 22, a number of other high ranking military and business leaders engaged in classroom conversations and roundtable discussions.  An afternoon panel discussion addressed “Preparing for the Next Century of ROTC,” which was moderated by Tom Bowman, Pentagon Reporter for National Public Radio. Friday evening, the symposium concluded with a keynote by Lt. General H.R. McMaster, a leading military futurist.

On Saturday, April 23, 200 people participated at Norwich in a world-wide synchronized 5K fun run, in partnership with JROTC. The top JROTC runners received tuition scholarships to Norwich’s Future Leader Camp.

“After three days of hosting so many leaders from both the military and private industry, the Norwich community, and indeed the state of Vermont, can be proud that the institution of ROTC – a leadership development program responsible for producing over 70 percent of officers in the U.S. military – started right here at Norwich University,” President Richard W. Schneider said. “This symposium achieved the goal of connecting current ROTC students to high level members of the Armed Forces to discuss the future direction of this critical program.”

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) 

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