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Jeffery Foley is Union’s Keynote Veterans in Union Speaker

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General Jeffrey W. Foley, will Keynote Union’s 2016 Veterans in Union Celebration on June 29

Jeffrey W. Foley

CEO | President of Loral Mountain Solutions

Jeffrey W. Foley, Brigadier General United States Army (Retired) and CEO/President of Loral Mountain Solutions will deliver the keynote speech at the 2016 Union Institute & University Veterans in Union Celebration on June 29, 2016. The Cincinnati native and renowned leadership expert will share leadership lessons and encourage the veterans, now students at Union Institute & University, to continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of others.

President Roger H. Sublett invited General Foley to address the veterans. “General Foley’s commitment to lifelong learning, service, and leadership mirrors Union’s ongoing mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adults as they pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.” 

General Foley will also laud the success of the Veterans in Union program initiated in 2015 with an anonymous grant of $293,000 that provides a $7500 living allowance stipend for eligible  Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana veterans to earn or complete their degree. Currently, 15 veterans are enrolled in the program. In addition, the announcement of a new grant of $150,000 will be made. This grant combined with the initial $293,000 grant in 2015 totals  $443,000 available to veterans.

Foley served his country for over 32 years in the United States Army leading soldiers in war and peace. His journey began in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout his military career he served in leadership positions around the world, in constantly changing environments, adapting to new organizations, all the time focused on the accomplishment of the mission and taking care of people. In his final assignment, he served as the Commanding General and Chief of the Army’s Signal Corps and Fort Gordon, Georgia. 

General Foley holds master’s degrees in computer systems and national security and strategic studies. For more than 30 years, he was an active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Association of the U.S. Army, and the Army Signal Corps Regimental Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Augusta, Georgia Bank and Trust, the Executive Board for the Georgia-Carolina Council for Boy Scouts of America, the Central Savannah River Area Alliance for Fort Gordon, and the National Board for Lead Like Jesus, an organization co-founded by Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager. He was named Leadership Augusta’s Outstanding Leader in 2008.

In 2015, Union Institute & University bestowed upon him the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, the university’s highest honor.

Learn more about Union’s Veteran’s in Union program

Spotlight: Organizational Leadership Grad Emily Swegert

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MS Organizational Leadership

Emily Swegert, Higher Education Professional and 2014 MSOL Grad

To learn more about Union’s Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree, we asked recent graduate Emily Swegert (M.S. 2014) about her experience in the program.

What problem did the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership solve for you?

When I began the Master’s in Organizational Leadership, I sought to solve a communication issue within my organization. I wanted to find a way to better serve our external stakeholders and track their needs. Through the Organizational Leadership program, I discovered new ways of utilizing tools that we already had in place, as well as developing new methods for communication strategies.

What was effective about the Master’s in Organizational Leadership approach or delivery?

Working in an online format was new for me, but it provided the opportunity to complete my work on my time. I enjoyed the chance to collaborate with my classmates electronically and develop new ideas without taking time in the middle of the day to attend class. I also found the application-based focus of the program effective because it allowed me to immediately utilize and develop my leadership skills in my own position.

Why did you choose Union?

I chose Union for the flexibility and affordability. The online courses allowed me to keep my full time job while pursuing a master’s degree and still complete it in one year.

How did this degree change your work?

The degree allowed me to be eligible for a promotion at work. I also began to use my leadership skills to promote change within my position and department.

Would you recommend Union to others?

I would recommend the Master’s in Organizational Leadership to anyone who is seeking to further their education and has a passion for leadership. The possibilities with this degree are endless and it provides the training and real-world experience needed to become a leader in a variety of fields in today’s workforce.