Billy Wells, Senior Vice President for Leadership and Global Engagement
Colonel (Retired) Billy E. Wells, Jr., EdD, graduated from Mississippi State University in 1975 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned in the Regular Army as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He graduated from the Army War College, and has a master’s degree in education from Louisiana State University and a doctorate in higher education from Vanderbilt University.
Colonel Wells’ Army assignments included service with the 82d Airborne Division; the 7th Army and 1st Armored Division in Germany; the 75th Ranger Regiment and the infantry school at Ft. Benning, GA; the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY; the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii; the 188th Infantry Brigade at Ft. Stewart, GA; the 1st Army at Ft. McPherson, GA; and Professor of Military Science at UNG. He retired from the Army in 2005 after a highly successful 30 year career in the infantry.
James T. Palmer, Commandant of Cadets
Colonel (Retired) James T. (Tom) Palmer was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, in 1973 from the University of North Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, and a Master’s degree in Management from Central Michigan University.
Colonel Palmer served in the 82d Airborne Division, twice in Germany, Ft. Carson, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Joint Readiness Training Center, and 3d Army. He retired from the Army after 26 years of exemplary service and became the Commandant of Cadets at UNG in 1999.
Gery Cummings, Professor Military Science
Colonel G. Brent Cummings commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry in 1991 from Norwich University and holds a master of science degree from Troy State University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College as a Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Colonel Cummings served twice the 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas; 6th Infantry Division (L), at Ft. Richardson, Alaska; the National Training Center (NTC), at Ft Irwin, CA; twice at Ft Benning, GA; Infantry School as a Small Group Instructor for the Infantry Captains Career Course at Ft Benning, GA. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and twice to Jerusalem.
Colonel Cummings was assigned as the Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia in August, 2015.
Keith Antonia, Associate Vice President for Military Programs
Lieutenant Colonel Antonia retired from 20 years of service in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in August 2001. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He served two tours in the 82d Airborne Division, two tours in the 75th Ranger Regiment, and three tours in the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade. He was designated a distinguished member of the Ranger Training Brigade in 2005; inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2009; and served at the Honorary Colonel of the Ranger Training Brigade from 2011 to 2014.
Phil Collins, Director of Development, Corps of Cadets
Phil Collins was commissioned in 1975 and served two years on active duty as an air defense artillery officer at Ft. Ord, California and later with the 21st Military Intelligence Detachment, Dobbins Air Reserve Base. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNG and a master’s of business administration from Mercer University in Atlanta.
After leaving the Army, Phil worked with the John H. Harland Company and Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc. as a recruiting specialist and assistant manager of human resources. He then founded an executive search firm, Claremont-Branan, Inc. (CBI) specializing in the architecture and consulting engineering design services professions. He managed that company until joining UNG in 2010.
Tony Moss, Director of Cadet Admissions
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Roy (Tony) Moss was commissioned in the Field Artillery and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
He served in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY; 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, SC; 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS; 4th Calvary Brigade, 1st Army at Fort Knox, KY; Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS; and Army Reserve Command, at Fort McPherson, GA. He retired from the Army after 21 years of service and has worked in ROTC Detachments for both The Citadel and University of North Georgia.
Anthony Fritchle, Associate Director Center for Global Engagement
Lieutenant Colonel Tony Fritchle retired after more than 24 years in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in 2012. He is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, holds a master’s degree from the Air Force Command and Staff College, and has completed work toward a doctorate in management.
Colonel Fritchle served 15 of his 24+ years in airborne, air assault, mechanized and Ranger special operations and training units. He also served as an assistant professor of military science and adjutant at the University of North Georgia, and his last assignment prior to Army retirement was Professor of Military Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech).