Forever in their debt

It happens every year. We are seemingly just past Move-In Day when Fall Family Weekend arrives, and then in what seems like a blur we find ourselves on the cusp of Thanksgiving break.

It has always seemed fitting to me that Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving are only a few short weeks apart on the calendar. After all, who deserves our thanks more than the committed, selfless men and women that serve in our armed forces? When we walk into the ballot box like we did last week, worship as we see fit, speak our mind in the public square or just enjoy a host of other countless freedoms as Americans, the service of our veterans should be top of mind. And not only on Veterans’ Day, but throughout the year.

We have always prided ourselves in being a decidedly military-friendly university here at William Woods. According to U.S. News and World Report, cost, support and career services, and flexibility are among the most important factors in decision-making on a school for veterans, which are all a big part of the William Woods experience. Our online and part-time study options, as well as the ability to start and stop as needed, provide that flexibility that veterans need to finish their degrees as their schedules allow, described here: https://www.williamwoods.edu/admissions/active_military_and_veterans/index.html

The most prominent recent example of our support for the military came earlier this semester, when we formally announced the establishment of the Show-Me Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program at William Woods, becoming the first-ever private university (and just the fourth university overall) in Missouri to host this prestigious program. We are excited about how we will soon be adding even more quality young men and women to our already outstanding campus community through this program, providing a new generation of leaders to the Missouri National Guard in the form of trained, commissioned officers.

And during this week of Veterans’ Day, we are pleased to be hosting a fascinating panel discussion on campus featuring two of the most distinguished military leaders to ever come out of Missouri. U.S. Army General (Retired) Frank Grass, a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Major General Stephen Danner, current Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard and our newest member of the William Woods Board of Trustees, will be facilitating a program entitled “Global Security and Leadership Principles,” a topic that could not be more timely.

It was a hundred years ago this week that the guns fell silent across Europe, bringing to a close the greatest war the world had ever seen to that point. We as a nation have paused to remember and thank all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice around this time every November since then. We will always be a campus that is as welcoming as possible to those who wear our nation’s uniform, and we hope many of these dedicated Americans will increasingly consider William Woods when choosing a college.

Because after all, we are all forever in their debt.

Dr. Jahnae Barnett