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Faculty and Staff

LEARN LEADERSHIP FROM THE BEST

The Army ROTC program is only as strong as its instructors. That’s why we provide such highly qualified faculty and staff for Cadets. See the kind of varied and interesting experiences instructors have had that make them the best ROTC faculty and staff.

MAJ Donald Kirk

LTC Donald Kirk, Professor Military Science


Ladisic

MSG Jeff Ladisic, Senior Military Instructor

MSG Ladisic was born and raised in Southwestern PA and a lifelong Mountaineer fan.  As the senior military instructor he is responsible for training, operations, discipline, and morale of the WVU Mountaineer Battalion.  He has served in the Army as a Cavalry Scout for 18 years and has deployed to Afghanistan (82D Airborne Division) and Iraq (1st Infantry Division). MSG Ladisic has served in wide variety of leadership positions a Cavalry Non-Commissioned Officer. and has the unique experience of having served in all three Brigade Combat Team (BCT) formations -- Infantry BCT (Airborne), Armor BCT, and Stryker BCT.  MSG Ladisic is a former Drill Sergeant and Army Recruiter, and is Airborne and Pathfinder qualified.  MSG Ladisic's awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medals.  He will graduate from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts in December 2018.

E-mail: jeffrey.ladisic@mail.wvu.edu
Office: (304) 293-7557


CPT Micheal Opbroek

CPT Micheal Opbroek, Assistant Professor Military Science 

CPT Opbroek is a Field Artillery with 16 years of service. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management from South Dakota State University and is currently working on a Masters in Higher Education Administration through University of Louisville. His military education includes Air Assault School, Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course, Paladin Commander’s Course, Joint Fires Observer, Joint Firepower Course, Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and the Commander’s and First Sergeant’s Course. He deployed in 2011 for Operation Enduring Freedom.

E-mail: michael.opbroek@mail.wvu.edu
Office: (304) 293-7556


CPT Timothy Fairhurst, Assistant Professor Military Science

 A Utah native, CPT Timothy Fairhurst serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Logistics Specialist for the Mountaineer Battalion. Now assigned to the WV Army National Guard, CPT Fairhurst has 21 years of combined active and Guard service. He initially served in the Infantry, but also holds branch school qualifications for the Quartermaster, Combined Logistics and Adjutant General career fields.  He is Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder and Rigger qualified and has deployed overseas twice to Iraq (2007-08, 2011). CPT Fairhurst earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston.

E-mail: timothy.fairhurst@mail.wvu.edu
Office: (304) 293-7558

CPT Mark Herrick, Assistant Professor Military Science

Responsible for operational planning and teaching the MS 1 level courses, CPT Herrick is a native of Marlboro, Vermont. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Information Science (GIS) and is an Ordnance officer. He deployed to Afghanistan (2010-11) with the 101st Airborne Division (2nd BCT). A graduate of the Captains Career Course, CPT Herrick is a officially serving in the Logistics career branch and has successfully completed two company commands.

E-mail: mark.herrick@mail.wvu.edu


SFC William Richards

SFC William Richards, Military Science Instructor 

A native of Northern California, SFC William Richards has served in the Army for more than 20 years as an Infantryman. He serves as the primary MS 2 instructor for the Mountaineer Battalion and is also in charge of the WVU Scout Platoon/Ranger Challenge Team. SFC Richards has earned the coveted Combat and Expert Infantryman badges with three deployments to Iraq and another to Afghanistan largely with the 10th Mountain Division. He is working on completing his bachelor’s while serving at West Virginia University.

E-mail: wcrichards@mail.wvu.edu
Office: (304) 293-7548

SSG William Davis

SSG William Davis, Military Science Instructor 

Responsible for teaching the MS 1 level classes and labs; also serves as the cadre Human Resources NCO.

E-mail: wrdavis@mail.wvu.edu
Office: (304) 293-7589


Mr. John Dowling

Mr. John Dowling, Recruiting Operations Officer 

John Dowling brings more than 33 years of military experience as the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) where he has served since 2014. Mr. Dowling is responsible for all facets of recruiting, public affairs, enrollment-scholarship processing, and mission set management. A product of the Mountaineer Battalion and a 1989 WVU graduate, he is a colonel in the Army Reserve, serving as an individual mobilization augmentee with the Military Postal Service Agency in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Dowling has commanded units at the company and battalion level and has served as a primary, special and personal staff officer for several general officer commands. He has been mobilized four times for contingency operations including overseas deployments to Bosnia (SFOR 12) and Kuwait. Mr. Dowling earned a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) – Critical Thinking Red Team Practitioners Course.

Office: (304) 293-7546
Cell: (304) 685-7766
Email:  armyrotc@mail.wvu.edu


Ms. Andrea Brown

Ms. Andrea Brown, Human Resources Assistant 

Specialist in all aspects of administrative issues, assisting and advising the Professor of Military Science in completing all Cadet actions. Ms. Brown earned a bachelor's degree in Education from WVU and has been a key member of the battalion for 25 years. She is also a Marine Corps veteran. 

Office: 304-293-7561
E-mail:  abrown17@mail.wvu.edu


Ms. Charlotte Marbury

Ms. Charlotte Marbury, Administrative Secretary 

Plans and coordinates all special events such as commissioning and award ceremonies. Also works closely with the potential Cadets in scheduling physicals and follow-up appointments.

Office: 304-293-7579
E-mail: charlotte.marbury@mail.wvu.edu


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