Residency Conference Keynote

2022 Residency Conference Keynote

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The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is pleased to welcome Major General (Ret) Watson as the 2022 Residency Conference Keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. Major General (Ret) Watson is a 34-year Army veteran and a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. An engineer by trade, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the USMA with concentrations in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration from Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Past command assignments ranged from platoon level to Brigade Commander in the 16th Engineer Battalion, 70th Engineer Battalion, 588th Engineer Battalion, and 1st ID Engineer Brigade.  He also served as an Engineer OC at the National Training Center and Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division. MG(Ret) Watson was the 93rd Commandant of the United States Army Engineer Regiment and School.  His other Flag Officer assignments are: Theater Engineer for ISAF/IJC and USFOR-A in Afghanistan, Vice Director Joint Force Development (J7) the Joint Staff, and Director of Operations (J3) U.S. Africa Command.  He has combat tours in DESERT STORM, OIF, and OEF.

Among his awards and decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Award, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and French National Defense Medal (Gold Award.)  MG (Ret) Watson has also earned the Ranger and Sapper Tabs.  In 2022, he received the Gold DeFleury from the Corps of Engineers.  He also serves as the Honorary Colonel of the Engineer Regiment.

MG (Ret) Watson currently serves as Senior Mentor for Engineer Brigade and Artillery Brigade Warfighter Exercises. He teaches Executive Leader Development courses to private businesses as Faculty of Thayer Leadership at West Point.  He is the President of the Army Engineer Association.

MG (Ret) Watson is married to 1SG (Ret) Sigrun Watson.  Together they have 4 children:  Rachel Watson is the oldest and is a scenic designer and prop-master for Writer’s Theater in Chicago; WO2 Austin Brickle is a CH-47 helicopter pilot for the 1st Armored Division, SGT (R) Christopher Brickle was medically retired from the Army as a Combat Medic and is studying radiology.  Chandler Brickle graduated Tennessee Tech last year and is working in the Nashville area.  Bryan is a Green Packer Fan; Sigrun is a Seahawks fan....let the games begin!

We invite the Norwich University community to attend this virtual event on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 PM.

 

Past Residency Keynote Speakers

2021

Guy Raz, Podcast Host, Entrepreneur

2020

Pete Smith, Author, International Speaker

2019

Carey Lohrenz, Author, Speaker; U.S. Navy (Ret.)

2018
​Vinh Giang, Magician and Entrepreneur | watch lecture

2017
Peter Singer, Senior Fellow at New America, Author | watch lecture

2016
Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace | watch lecture

2015
U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Bowman, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber & Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff | watch lecture

2014
Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State | watch lecture

Todd Lecture Series

The Residency Conference Keynote is part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. Since 2008, the Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer—each selected and hosted by an academic college—each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff.

The Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer--each selected and hosted by an academic college--each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff. For more information and a list of past speakers, visit the website.