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Billy Wells, Senior Vice President for Leadership and Global Engagement
Price Memorial 201, Dahlonega

Colonel (Ret) 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.

Joseph Matthews, Commandant of Cadets

Joseph (Joe) Matthews, Commandant of Cadets
Military Leadership Center 102A, Dahlonega

Colonel (Ret) Joseph (Joe) Matthews was commissioned a second lieutenant in the air defense artillery from the University of North Georgia in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from North Georgia College, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from the Air Force Command and Staff College.

Early in his career, Colonel Matthews served in air defense units in Korea and the 3d Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart. He then served as a military intelligence officer in the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, Robins Air Force Base, Ft. Meade, Maryland, Germany and Hawaii. He is also a veteran of deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He served in many key staff positions, and commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels.


Colonel Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Military Science

Colonel Joshua D. Wright is a native of Girard, Illinois and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Commissioned as an Infantry Officer, he has served in air assault, airborne, infantry, mechanized and cavalry units and has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan, Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, Operation New Horizons, and the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt. 

He is a graduate of the Air War College, and holds Master's of Science degrees in Management and Leadership and Strategic Studies.


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Keith Antonia, Associate Vice President for Military Programs
Price Memorial 202, Dahlonega

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) 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, holds a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership and Practice from the University of North Georgia.

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.

James Corbin

James Corbin, Director of Development, Corps of Cadets
Military Leadership Center, 105, Dahlonega

Lieutenant Colonel James Corbin graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2002 with an active duty commission in the Armor Branch and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a graduate of the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellowship Program, a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Global and International Education from Drexel University. 

James has deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. Post-company command, James was assigned to 3-16th Cavalry Regiment, where he served as the Troop Commander and Course Manager for the Army Reconnaissance Course and Cavalry Leaders Course. In 2013, James transitioned off active duty into the GA Army National Guard, where he has served in the 560th BfSB, the 3-108th Cavalry Regiment, 3-121st Infantry Regiment, and in the State G3. Prior to joining the staff at UNG, James was the VP for Enrollment Management at Riverside Military Academy. 

Anthony Fritchel

Anthony "Tony" Fritchle, Director, Global Military Programs
Price Memorial 218, Dahlonega

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) 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).  

Heath Williams

Heath Williams, Director, UNG Federal Liaison and Military Education Coordinator

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Heath Williams, a native of Cumming, Georgia, graduated from the University of North Georgia in 1989. A Distinguished Military Graduate, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Master of Science degree in International Studies from Troy University. 

After serving as an Army Aviator, flying AH-1F Cobra Attack Helicopters and as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, he retired in 2011. Post military, he served as a Defense Intelligence Agency Senior Counterintelligence Instructor at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Activity and as a Department of Energy Counterintelligence Officer at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Terry Baumann, Assistant Director, Global Military Programs 

Sergeant Major (Ret) Terry  Baumann began working for the Center for Global Engagement in June 2017 after serving as the Operations Coordinator for the Corps of Cadets as a member of the Commandant of Cadets staff.

Terry retired from the United States Army in 2013 after a 31-year career culminating as the XVIII Airborne Corps G-3 SGM. Terry served in a variety of airborne assignments including 3 tours with the 82ND Airborne Division, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, E Co 51st Infantry Long Range Surveillance Unit (Airborne), and the Joint Readiness Training Center.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in management (Cum Laude) from Excelsior College and is pursuing a Master’s of Arts Degree in International Affairs from the University of North Georgia.

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