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New Year, New NDU

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NDU has undergone several changes in response to changing conditions in the last year: classes and field studies are online and there are many new faces among NDU leadership. In the midst of all this change, Fellows have responded brilliantly, representing their countries positively, and forming close ties through webcams and the shared experience of being told, ‘you’re on mute’ day in and day out. Over the last 6 months, Fellows have gone on three virtual FSPs to the Deep South, Yankeedom, and the Left Coast. We also created a new panel format called Voices of America, to expand upon virtual field studies and expose fellows to key cultural governance issues in the US today. All of this on top of their heavy college schedules! It’s clear Fellows are getting a taste of the US and withstanding the challenges of obtaining a master’s degree, all while remaining socially distanced, safe, and healthy.  

In addition to adapting academia to a virtual environment, there have been a number of transitions within NDU leaderships. We welcome a new Provost, Dr Allen Drimmer with his rich experience in academics. His biography can be found here.

We are also excited to announce that NDU will be welcoming a new NDU-President in February, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael T. Plehn. He is currently serving as military deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Florida.  He has a long history of serving the nation successfully and we are excited for him to take the helm at NDU. 

NDU also welcomes Ms. Kolbe, a proud graduate of the Eisenhower School, as the new leader of NDU’s Enterprise Business team as our new Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Administration. Read more about here.  

As always, changes come with their own challenges, but also great opportunities for growth. We are excited to see how NDU continues to develop moving forward. Next stop, graduation for the Class of 2021!