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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.

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James T. Palmer, Commandant of Cadets
Military Leadership Center 102A, Dahlonega

Colonel (Ret) 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.


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 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.

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Phil Collins, Director of Development, Corps of Cadets
Military Leadership Center, Dahlonega

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.

Mike Ivy, Director of Cadet Admissions 
Chestatee Building 344, Dahlonega

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mike Ivy graduated from the University of North Georgia in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and commissioned as an aviation officer. His Army career took him to assignments in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii; the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; the University of North Georgia Department of Military Science; Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq; Ft. Rucker, Alabama; back to Hawaii to the U.S. Army Pacific Command; and his last assignment was Professor of Military Science at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. During his career, Mike flew OH58-D Kiowa Warrior attack helicopters and led air cavalry units. Colonel Ivy also holds a master’s degree in international relations from Webster’s University.


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Anthony Fritchle, Associate Director Center for Global Engagement
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).  

Sharon Hamilton, Director of Liaison and Military Operations
Price Memorial 220, Dahlonega

Colonel (Ret) Sharon Hamilton, Ph.D., is a former Army intelligence officer with 27 years of service. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1985; holds one master’s degree in security studies from the Army War College, and a second master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University; and a Ph.D. in management from Walden University. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching online graduate leadership courses for the Citadel. Prior to coming to UNG, she was the Deputy Director of the Leadership Institute at Hampton University and Program Manager/Deputy Program Director for Cubic Global Defense.

Terry Baumann, International & Military Program Coordinator 

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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