Norwich University elects new chairman of the Board of Trustees, General Sullivan retires


May 2, 2016

Alan DeForest ’75 has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich University.

DeForest has served on the board since 2000. He replaces former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, who joined the board in 1995, served as chairman since 2003 and stepped down at last week’s board meeting.

Sullivan will continue to serve Norwich as Honorary Chairman of the Bicentennial Commemoration and Distinguished Leader in Residence, helping to guide Norwich in the following areas: Undergraduate Leadership; Peace and War Center; Center for Global Resilience and Security; Leadership and Change Institute.

“Under General Sullivan’s stalwart leadership, Norwich has undergone a remarkable transformation much like his own,” President Richard W. Schneider said. “I am personally so honored to have had a leader with his wisdom, knowledge, experience, and stature serving on the board for the past 21 years.”

The new chairman, DeForest, was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2000. While on the board, he chaired the Alumni and Volunteer Affairs Committee, Facilities Committee and served on the Trustee Affairs, Development, Audit, Technology and Leadership Committees. He formerly served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

DeForest was elected to the NU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1994 and served as treasurer. Active in many areas as a cadet, he rose to the rank of first lieutenant in the Corps of Cadets, serving as a chairman of the Corps Honor Committee and co-chairman of the Junior Ring Committee. An avid rugby enthusiast, DeForest played all four years at Norwich, leading the team his final year as captain. He was a member of the 1973-74 rugby team, which was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of fame in 1995. He co-founded the “Scrum Alums” which supports the advancement of Norwich Rugby, and he served as an admissions ambassador. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business after attending Kingston High School in Kingston, N.Y.

DeForest is the President and CEO of the DeForest Group, an insurance network covering the Northeast with $120 million in sales in 200 locations.

Exemplifying the Norwich ideal of service to others and the community, DeForest has been actively involved in a number of civic activities to include serving as: senior elder of the Fair Street Reformed Church; president of Cross River Health Care; president of Mid-Hudson Regional Health Care System, a member of the Kingston Hospital Board of Trustees, president of Wiltwyck Golf Club, president of the Kingston City Schools Consolidated Board of Education, and a member of the Edson School PTO and Ulster Heath Foundation.

DeForest and his wife, Cynthia, VC ’75, reside in Kingston, N.Y. They have three daughters: Danielle NU ’01 & M’05; Laura, and Whitney.

“I am so honored to have earned this position, and I look forward to leading Norwich into its bicentennial and beyond,” DeForest said.

Norwich University is governed by its Board of Trustees, the President of the University, and the President’s Cabinet.

The Board of Trustees at Norwich is an active group that serves not only as an overseer of the University, but also as a participant in the decision-making and policy-making process, steering and guiding Norwich into the future.

The Board of Trustees consists of 35 men and women, each of whom brings a unique life experience to the process. Trustees are alumni and non-alumni; military, business, and educational leaders. Their experiences help them to develop the best processes by which to form the military and civilian leaders of tomorrow.

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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