May 18, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- What do military and business training programs have in common?
Quite a lot, according to officials at Western Michigan University, who will make WMU's Department of Military Science a department in the University's Haworth College of Business, effective July 1.
According to Dr. James W. Schmotter, dean of the Haworth College of Business, moving the military science program under the auspices of the business college is a good arrangement for both the program and college.
"Both the Haworth College of Business and the military science department are in the leadership education business. We can learn from each other," he says.
The Military Science Program at WMU is an elective academic minor through which students can qualify for the Reserve Officers Training Corps. It features leadership and military skills training that prepares students for officer responsibilities in the active Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard following graduation. ROTC programs train 70 percent of the officer's in today's Army.
Dr. Timothy Light, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the goal of the reorganization is to bring WMU's Bronco Battalion closer to the academic mainstream, which necessitated it being part of one of the University's established colleges.
Lt. Colonel Robert Beecher, chairperson of the Department of Military Science, says he welcomes the move, and believes it "will mutually benefit both activities and have a positive impact on the health and viability of the WMU ROTC program."
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