The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) advisory board is composed of accomplished experts in leadership and strategic issues who also have a deep understanding of the value of the Corps of Cadets and its contribution to society. The purpose of the board is to provide ILSS leadership with the knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking that will enable us to more effectively accomplish our mission.
That mission is to lead the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Cadet-related military components while assessing, researching, and developing educational opportunities for Cadets to become agile, adaptive, and innovative leaders of character able to operate across multiple domains and succeed in a complex world.
Our graduates serve and contribute significantly to U.S. national security through careers in the Army, government, and global entities.
Chairman: Lieutenant General James L. Terry, U.S. Army (Retired)
General Terry is a native of Chatsworth, Georgia, and graduated from UNG in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management and marketing, and, through UNG's Corps of Cadets, commissioned into the infantry. While in the Army, he commanded at multiple levels across the Army including commanding general of the United States Army Central, and commander of the V Corps prior to its inactivation in 2013. His last position in the Army prior to retirement was commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and deputy commander of the United States Forces Afghanistan.
Dr. Jim CrupiDr Crupi is the president and founder of Strategic Leadership Solutions, Inc., and is a recognized authority in international business, future trends, and leadership development. Jim works with executives on the development of strategy and training of the management team. Jim has been featured on CNN and National Public Radio, and quoted in many publications throughout the world.
He received his B.S. degree from North Georgia College, M.S. from the University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He has completed advanced work at the London Business School, Oxford University, and the International Management Institute in Geneva.
Jim has served as a consultant to the Office of the President of the United States under President Gerald Ford and does work for many Fortune 1000 corporations, including Coca Cola, Xerox, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, AT&T, Landauer, EDS, Bell South, Southwestern Bell, Intel, The Image Bank, Phelps Dodge, Motorola, and IBM among others. He served in the U.S. Army as a company commander and instructor at the elite Army Ranger School.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Ken Keen
Lieutenant General (Retired) Ken Keen is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development for Emory University's Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership program and is a member of the program's leadership team.
Prior to joining Emory on 1 August 2013, Lieutenant General (Retired) Keen served 38 years in the Army with over 11 years working and living abroad in numerous Latin America countries, Germany, Egypt, Haiti, and Pakistan. Ken has extensive leadership experience of conventional and special operations units as well as the interagency environment. Ken commanded in Special Forces, the 82nd Airborne Division, the Rangers including the 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Task Force – Haiti, following the Jan 2010 earthquake, as well as serving on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods.
General Keen has a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, serves as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University and a Highly Qualified Expert - Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff and is a Board Member for Haitian Relief Organization.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Benjamin Mixon
Lieutenant General (Retired) Benjamin Mixon is Vice President, Integrated Simulations Training Systems at General Dynamics Information Technology.
He commissioned from UNG as an infantry lieutenant In 1975, and served in the Army for 36 years. His last two assignments included command of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and command of U.S. Army Pacific. While commanding the 25th, MG Mixon deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and commanded both Task Force Lightning and Multi-National Division North in Iraq. During this time that MG Mixon oversaw heavy fighting in the Diyala province and operations throughout Northern Iraq during the surge of combat operations in 2007.
He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, and a master’s in Operational Art, Military Operational Art and Science/Studies from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Major General (Retired) Brian Keller
Major General (Retired) Brian Keller is the Vice President, Army & Special Operations Command Strategic Account Manager for the Leidos Corporation.
Brian spent nearly 30 years as a Soldier achieving the rank of Major General before retiring in 2010 while serving as the Director of Military Support at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Brian served in a wide variety of intelligence command and staff assignments at tactical, Army, Special Operations Forces, and Joint commands.
He has extensive service in joint, Special Operations, and operational deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as the J2 / Senior Intelligence Office for the Joint Special Operations Command, United States European Command, and Multi-National Forces-Iraq where he was selected by General Petraeus to lead his combat intelligence staff, the command’s largest and most complex joint, coalition, and Inter-Agency directorate of over 900 people. He shaped and executed a multi-billion dollar intelligence budget in Iraq that successfully brought to bear dozens of programs for commanders.
As the J2 for a joint special operations command, he was responsible for intelligence support that led to the rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch, capture of Saddam Hussein, and dozens of successful deep strike operations during the opening phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the Deputy Commanding General United States Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, AZ, he supervised training and successfully managed a $100 million budget that prepared over 6900 Soldiers in eight months to support unprecedented Army wartime mission requirements.
Brian is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and has master’s degree in Strategic Studies, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, KS, and a master’s degree in Military Studies, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Lieutenant General (Retired) William B. Garrett III
Lieutenant General (Retired) William B. Garrett III was commissioned from UNG in 1981 and served as a Soldier for over 35 years.
General Garrett has extensive international experience and a deep understanding of national security issues, international relations and the challenges facing the global community. He most recently served as Deputy Commander of U.S. European Command where he provided strategic leadership to enable globally integrated operations and address complex security challenges across 51 nations in Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East.
He previously served as Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chief of Staff for U.S. Forces-Iraq. He also served as Commanding General of U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, establishing and leading the Army's sole organization dedicated to advancing U.S. security interests across 56 nations in Africa.
Prior assignments include key leadership positions in the 6th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 25th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, U.S. Special Operations Command, the Army Staff, and the Joint Staff.
General Garrett holds a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from National Defense University, a master's degree in business management from Webster University, a master's degree in military art and science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a bachelor's degree in history from UNG.