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Joining an elite field of educators, Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte was recently selected to lead the Army's Program Subcommittee of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

During her two year term, Runte will steer a group of leaders from national educational associations, institutions of higher education and the private sector, in guiding 273 ROTC programs and more than 1,600 Junior ROTC programs from across the nation and from military installations abroad.

Similar to a university board of visitors, the group is charged with providing expert and continuous advice to the Secretary of the Army and other senior leaders on a variety of educational topics and programs. Specifically, they will discuss and advise Army leadership about educational policies, curriculum, philosophy and objectives, while addressing ROTC program effectiveness, methods and other aspects of organization and management.

"Dr. Runte's selection to chair the ROTC Program Subcommittee is just one more example of her strong commitment to the goals of the Army ROTC program," according to Maj. Gen. W. Montague Winfield, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command. "In this important post she will be sharing her expertise with the Army's senior leaders on matters related to the ROTC program and its relationship with the academic community. We are delighted that her insights and expertise will be available to us."

In addition to annual meetings, Subcommittee members also contribute time and expertise to co-publishing, with the Cadet Command, articles for trade magazines and related publications. They also utilize conferences and meetings as a platform to advance the story of the Army ROTC.

"I am honored to be taking on this important mission for the Army and its worldwide corps of senior and junior ROTC students," said Runte, in her sixth year as ODU president. "I look forward to working with Army leaders and the many ROTC instructors and students. They are some of our nation's finest, most respected and accomplished scholars. I am humbled at being asked to contribute to their educational growth and development."

This article was posted on: March 2, 2007

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