The Norwich University Leadership & Change Institute (LCI) recently welcomed a new fellow to their team in June. Lieutenant Colonel Michael “Gummy” Blair of the Vermont Air National Guard was selected to take part in the fellowship program, which began in 2016. This program helps apply his U.S. Air Force Air War College coursework towards a Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) degree and complete his master’s degree within one year. As a fellow, Blair takes on additional assignments to help him fulfill his own goals for the program.
During the fellowship, Lt Col Blair has already taken a hands-on leadership approach in both his program and with the LCI in many forms. He has regular meetings with our Distinguished Leader in Residence and 32nd Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Gordon R. Sullivan. During their time together, they discuss topics including leadership, current events, and ways to communicate Norwich leadership values to a broader audience. Lt Col Blair has assumed a teaching role in undergraduate course LD101, allowing him to apply both his MSL content and past experiences toward teaching others.
In addition, Lt Col Blair attends University events, such as the Colby Symposium and Todd Lecture Series. Blair is an active member of the LCI Project Team and attends events on behalf of the Leadership & Change Institute. Recently, Blair attended the Manufactured in Vermont Supply Chain Trade Show put on the by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
During his time in the program, Lt Col Blair’s goals include recruiting members for the fellowship program, expanding the fellowship program to meet the needs of other military and civilian individuals who wish to pursue further education while continuing in their career, and soliciting interest for Leadership & Change Institute programs.
“I am honored to be a Fellow at the Norwich Leadership and Change Institute,” says Lt Col Blair. “The military heritage of Norwich and its unique blend of civilian education are a perfect match for me. Based on my own military education and career I look forward to expanding my horizons with my civilian cohort.”
About the LCI Fellowship Program
The Leadership & Change Institute’s fellowship program allows selected individuals to participate in institute research and speaking programs and experience the design and delivery of the institute’s professional development offerings. Individuals selected for a fellowship must also meet the admissions requirements for the academic program with which their fellowship is aligned as they will also be students in the Master of Science in Leadership program. Their fellowship activities are separate from their student activities.Interested in learning more about the Leadership & Change Institute? Visit norwichleadership.org.