Dear members of the Brown community,
I am pleased to announce the arrival of Andy Butterfield as the inaugural Program Director of the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs. Andy will be on campus starting Tuesday, August 13.
As Program Director, Andy will support, advocate for, and advise military Veterans already at Brown and their families, Veterans or dependents of Veterans seeking to attend Brown, Brown students who may be interested in learning about the varied paths to commissioning as officers or pursuing other career options in all of the branches of the US military, and any veterans of other nations studying at Brown. The military needs leaders, doctors, and everything in between, each with a strong sense of commitment, community, and caring... exactly the type of graduate that Brown strives to produce. The 'citizen-scholar-soldier' is a long and critical American and Brown tradition. Andy will collaborate with the many offices and staff that are critical to the experience of student Veterans and those participating in commissioning programs and will partner with Institutional Diversity and others to facilitate engagement with and across difference to include Veteran status and to broaden the intellectual life of the campus. Additionally, he will be an important representative of Brown to the military and related efforts in the community.
Andy comes to us straight from a year at the Harvard Kennedy School where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree on the GI Bill. He began that program immediately after concluding his first career as an officer of the United States Navy. Andy brings a wealth of experience in leadership, strategic planning, and project completion from his varied experiences during his decades of military service. Though he was in the Navy, he also was designated a 'Joint Specialist Officer' in recognition of his many years of working with leaders and units of the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Forces. He has commanded or been the deputy commander of units at many levels, from small teams to a helicopter squadron to a joint base. He also earned a Bachelor of Science from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, California. Coming back to Rhode Island is also a homecoming, of sorts, for Andy, who was born in the Ocean State.
Andy is excited about this new challenge and this new way to 'take care of his troops,' and he looks forward to working with each of you.
Thank you to all who participated in the search process, especially the members of the screening committee: Janet Cooper Nelson, Nathan Lovejoy, Peter Newcomb, James Rattner, Matthew Ricci, Lauren Rouse, and Timothy Shiner.
Please join me in welcoming Andy to Brown.
Ricky Gresh, Director of Campus Life Projects