Katie Ervin, Midwest Regional Director for Webster University, and a CGSC Foundation board member, invited her colleagues from St. Louis and Washington, D.C., to tour Fort Leavenworth and the Command and General Staff College on April 3, 2017. Those colleagues included Julian Schuster, Provost, Senior VP, and Chief Operating Officer; Sean Coleman, AVP of U.S. Military Campuses; Tom Johnson, AVP and Chief of Strategic Initiatives; Jennifer Broeder, Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences; and Brenda Fyfe, Dean for the School of Education.
The group’s first activity was a tour of Fort Leavenworth in which Foundation CEO Doug Tystad discussed the fort’s history, showing them the historic homes, former disciplinary barracks, the Buffalo Soldiers Monument, and the famous wagon ruts left by pioneers during the westward expansion that are still visible.
The group then proceeded to the Lewis and Clark Center, home of the Command and General Staff College. Inside everyone had a chance to wander the halls and view the U.S. presidents’ paintings in the Commander-in-Chief Hall, the great military leader displays in the Hall of Fame, the MacArthur Room where the desk and other items from Gen. MacArthur’s former office are on display, as well as the International Hall of Fame which honors the international officer alumni of CGSC who have gone on to great achievements in their respective countries.
After the walk around the Lewis and Clark Center, Chief of Staff Jeff Lamoe provided the group with a an overview briefing to explain the significance of the Command and General Staff College in developing 21st century leaders for the nation.
Military Times named Webster University to its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” list, based on a survey of several hundred schools. The survey recognizes schools’ efforts to accommodate veterans and active-duty service members. In 2017, Webster ranked 1st in Missouri and 8th nationally among private four-year institutions. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. Webster University opened its first military campus in 1974, and since then has provided unmatched educational programs to our military on the installations where they work and live for more than 40 years. For more information visit www.webster.edu.
The CGSC Foundation hosts “Walk and Talks” typically on the second Thursday of the month. Contact Joan Cabell, the CGSC Foundation director of development – firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your own group’s “Walk and Talk” tour of CGSC and Fort Leavenworth and learn about the education of leaders for the nation.
Left to right in the photo above: Katie Ervin, Tom Johnson, Jennifer Broeder, Julian Schuster, Brenda Fyfe and Sean Coleman.