Josh Dunwoody is the Director of Athletics at Crown College, a graduate of the online M.A. in Organizational Leadership program, and recent contributing author to Crown Online Now. He also serves in the Army National Guard. While graduating from Officer Candidate School recently, Dunwoody was given the rare distinction of receiving two prestigious awards, the General Joseph E. Nelson Academic Award and the General Edgar C. Erickson Distinguished Honor Graduate Award.
The Nelson Academic Award is awarded to the Officer Candidate with the highest average of all 10 tests covering a range of military subjects including land navigation, military intelligence, tactics, and military history. The Erickson Distinguished Honor Graduate Award is awarded to the Officer Candidate who has the highest overall class average in leadership, academics, and physical fitness.
According to COL (Ret.) Bob Ayotte, who played a key role in showing Dunwoody that the Army National Guard might be the best military option for him to pursue at this time in his life, commented, “These awards are seldom given to but one soldier. It is hard enough to attain one of the two; he received both.”
Dunwoody and his wife, Kristin, have been married ten years. They have three children and live in Mound. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2011 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant this past month. Josh says “It was a life-long dream to serve our country by joining the Army. I chose to go to Officer Candidate School because I wanted the opportunity for further leadership development outside of a traditional academic setting.” His younger brother recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan and is currently serving in the active Army now based in Germany.
2LT Dunwoody says, “My leadership training in the Army is very transferrable to my leadership in Crown’s athletic department. The OCS curriculum has a constant focus on all aspects of leadership such as taking care of your soldiers and the ability to make good decisions under pressure—two examples of skills that directly relate to my role at Crown.” Dunwoody continues, “The opportunities for leadership at Crown as well as the academic preparation I received in our Master’s of Organizational Leadership program have had a direct role in my ability to perform in the Army and Officer Candidate School environments. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from my department and the administration at Crown which has made my service possible.”
Crown College, a Yellow Ribbon School, offers a variety of online and on-campus degree programs as well as a Military Scholarship. With nearly ten percent of Crown’s faculty and staff and almost five percent of Crown’s online and on-campus student population being active military service members or veterans, G.I. Jobs has awarded Crown the status of Military Friendly School since 2011. For more information, go to www.crown.edu/veterans.