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A military tradition at Dickinson College

Saturday, December 5, 2009

In Christian Davenport's Dec. 1 installment of the fascinating "Learning to Lead" series, he began by referring to Groton School and Dickinson College as being "exclusive, private institutions that aren't exactly pipelines to the military" [" 'It's supposed to be hard,' " Metro, Dec. 1].

For the record, Dickinson College has for more than five decades supported without interruption a highly successful Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program (I am in fact a graduate of Dickinson and its Army ROTC). The college has sent its graduates as officers into numerous military conflicts where alumni lives have been sacrificed for the United States.

Dickinson also works in close cooperation with its crosstown neighbor in Carlisle, the U.S. Army War College, and the two institutions have established a joint chair in strategic leadership.

Dickinson was founded by a signer of the Declaration of Independence and surgeon general of the Middle Army, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and we are dedicated even today to his strong commitment that academic privilege be defined by democratic responsibility and public service -- including the military.

William G. Durden,

Carlisle, Pa.

The writer is president of Dickinson College.

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