The partnership between WilmU and the Delaware National Guard “shows our support of the military and will hopefully open up other opportunities to partner and deliver educational programs to our armed forces.”
Major General Francis D. Vavala, adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard, recently presented Dr. Clint Robertson with the Delaware Distinguished Service Medal. Robertson, assistant dean of WilmU’s College of Business graduate programs, received the award for his outstanding work with the Delaware Leadership Academy, a partnership between the Delaware National Guard and Wilmington University. Robertson and the late Lt. Col. Andy Hartnett created the venture in 2008 as a tailored version of the University’s Business Management program.
“The program started in response to the Delaware National Guard’s experience in responding to Hurricane Katrina after a few internal communications problems,” says Robertson. “The Delaware Leadership Academy was formed to educate guard members on virtual leadership.”
The program — the first of its kind — consists of six modules in the hybrid model. Upon completion, students earn 18 credit hours toward a master’s in Homeland Security or Management, with a concentration in Military Leadership. The Delaware Leadership Academy has so far graduated more than 100 men and women. Robertson is working with the Delaware National Guard team to create similar programs in other states that have shown interest, including New Jersey and West Virginia.
Robertson, who has worked on this endeavor for eight years, says the partnership between WilmU and the Delaware National Guard “shows our support of the military and will hopefully open up other opportunities to partner and deliver educational programs to our armed forces.”
Dedication to military service is a family concern. Robertson served as a U.S. Merchant Marine for six years and in the U.S. Naval Reserve for four. His son is stationed in Kuwait as a lieutenant in the Navy. Robertson’s daughter and son-in-law are chief petty officers in the Coast Guard in Norfolk and the Yorktown Training Center, respectively. And, his grandson, who’s with the Navy Submarine Service, is on patrol in the Persian Gulf. WU