Arkansas State's ROTC Now in Partnership with Harding University
JONESBORO – A partnership between Arkansas State University’s ROTC program and Harding University has been announced by Lt. Col. Cecil L. Clark, professor of military science at Arkansas State.
Following a successful meeting between ROTC officials and Dr. Bruce McLarty, president of Harding, Clark's request was forwarded to the 5th ROTC Brigade at Joint Base San Antonio, requesting the partnership be established to provide military science courses on Harding's campus.
Cadet Command is interested in ensuring that students at any university can participate in Army ROTC, whether at a host or partnership program.
"In order to do so, the university must first be willing to host an ROTC program, and officials at Harding have been most eager to support such an arrangement," Clark said.
Class instruction will be a shared responsibility between the cadre based out of A-State ROTC’s Beebe program and those from the main campus at Jonesboro. Lt. Col. Greg Stanger, a full-time member of the Arkansas Army National Guard who is assigned as assistant professor of military science (APMS), will be the primary instructor for the freshman and sophomore classes. Captain Bradley Dieutto (APMS),will teach the junior cadets.
Faculty and staff from Jonesboro will continue to conduct weekly assistance visits to augment cadre and support leadership labs and field training.
"Both Harding University officials and students are motivated to ensure this mutually beneficial relationship is successful," Clark added. "ROTC brings premier leadership training and career opportunities, as well as scholarships and other benefits."
With nearly 7,000 students, Harding is a private, Christian, residential coeducational liberal arts university in Searcy. It offers 10 undergraduate degrees in more than 90 academic majors, 14 pre-professional programs, and 10 graduate and professional degrees. The school is a member of the Gulf South Conference, NCAA Division II.
In support of A-State's mission, ROTC has a 78-year history of producing top quality leaders who have gone on to hold high paying jobs, public office, and high ranking military positions. Cadets find their full potential and become overall better citizens by commissioning into the Active Duty Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.
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