A new institute at the University of North Georgia will support the nation’s future military leaders.
The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies will be a cross-disciplinary structure to support the academics, character development and future careers of the university’s Corps of Cadets, according to a release from the university.
President Bonita Jacobs said the university has considered an institute to unify several military leadership and student programs for two years. Several university entities, including the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Office of Executive Affairs, collaborated to make it possible.
“I applaud their work,” Jacobs said in the release. “(A)nd I am certain it will further strengthen the leadership development component of the UNG mission."
UNG, the Military College of Georgia, is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation and is designated as a state leadership institution.
The new institute will coordinate the efforts of the Office of the Commandant, the Department of Military Science and Cadet Admissions.
“Aligning these components of UNG’s military program provides significant advantages to the Corps of Cadets, the military commissioning mission and the university as a whole," said Billy Wells, vice president for executive affairs and retired Army colonel, who will lead the institute with the support of retired Lt. Col. Keith Antonia.
Jacobs said the new institute could create opportunities for research, external scholarship support and funding, enhanced cadet recruitment and more.