Norwich Welcomes Olmsted Scholar for ROTC Centennial Symposium

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University welcomes the chairman of the Olmsted Foundation, Vice Admiral Doug Crowder, United States Navy, (retired), to the “ROTC Centennial Symposium: Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in a Complex World” being held from April 21 – 23.

Admiral Crowder will participate in the panel discussion, “Preparing for the Next Century of ROTC,” to be held on Friday, April 22, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This event, which is part of Norwich’s celebration as birthplace of ROTC on ROTC’s centennial anniversary, is underwritten by the Olmsted Foundation. This event will be livestreamed at

Admiral Crowder retired from the Navy in January 2010. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), the senior advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations on joint operations and strategies, strategic planning, international politico-military matters, and security assistance.

Crowder has commanded at sea at every level, including command of USS KIDD (DDG-993), Destroyer Squadron TWENTY FOUR, and the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, during the 2004-05 tsunami relief operations. From 2006-08, Crowder served as the Commander of the U.S. SEVENTH FLEET, commanding all U.S. Navy forces throughout Asia and the Western Pacific.  Ashore, Crowder served 10 different assignments in the Pentagon, including duty on the Joint Staff, Secretary of the Navy’s staff, and seven tours on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff, most in the politico-military and strategic planning arena.

After his retirement from the Navy, Admiral Crowder served as Chief Operating Officer at two business units within Boeing Defense, Integrated Information Systems. He retired from the Boeing Company in September 2013. He is currently the President, CROWDER STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS, LLC; an independent consultancy focused on leadership, management, strategic planning and international security affairs.

Crowder graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974. In 1980 he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland from 1980-82.

The Olmsted Scholar Program is a fully-funded, two-and-a-half to three-year graduate study program for military officers at a foreign university and taught in a foreign language. Olmsted Scholars have studied in every corner of the world, from Mumbai to Paris and Mainland China. The Olmsted Scholar Program transforms Scholars as a leader and as a person, setting them toward a lifetime of stronger, more effective leadership as it has for over 600 military officers since 1960. After two years of cultural immersion, Scholars grow intellectually, think differently, anticipate different perspectives and question assumptions. These qualities give Scholars a new perspective and openness that readies them for a lifetime of leadership challenges and responsibility in any environment whether it’s in the military or private sector.

Crowder is representing the Olmsted Foundation to participate in this panel discussion about “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in a Complex World.” As the ROTC celebrates its 100th birthday and looks forward the Foundation feels ROTC cadets preparing for military careers in the 21st century should strongly consider its program and the unique tools it provides for military leaders to meet future challenges.

In addition to sponsoring Norwich’s centennial ROTC Symposium, the Olmsted Foundation also provides funding to Norwich University cadets as a part of the Olmsted short-term cultural immersion trips. Last year’s Olmsted Cultural Immersion trip sent cadets to the Republic of Georgia and in the summer of 2016 cadets will travel to Israel.

Please see for the full symposium schedule.

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