A retired United States Army officer with leadership development experience has been named the new Commandant of Wentworth Military Academy and College. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Lock talk with Commandant Darren FitzGerald:
FitzGerald is a retired United States Army officer of 20 years. He was assigned to Wentworth under active duty in the Army Reserves in 2009, and was appointed Dean of Students in 2011 before accepting his current position as Commandant of the 134th Corps of Cadets.
Press Release from Wentworth Military Academy and College
Wentworth Military Academy and College is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Darren FitzGerald has been named the new Commandant of the 134-year old institution located in Lexington.
Born and raised in Bridgewater, Mass., FitzGerald graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and was commissioned as an Armor officer.
His experience as a commissioned officer of the United States Army for 20 years brings a new dimension to Wentworth as he begins his command of the 134th Corps of Cadets.
Lt. Col. FitzGerald’s military assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Battalion Adjutant in 1-66 AR, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Tex.; Assistant Professor of Military Science at Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville; Assistant Brigade S3 for 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan.; Tank Company Commander and Headquarters Company Commander for 2-34 AR, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan.; Company Tactical Officer and Executive Officer to the Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; Squadron Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 1-91 CAV, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Schweinfurt, Germany and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and Professor of Military Science at Wentworth Military Junior College.
He has deployed to Afghanistan with 1-91 CAV, where the Squadron occupied the northernmost outposts in the country and secured the population centers along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border within Nuristan and Northern Kunar province.
Lt. Col. Fitz Gerald is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and Long Island University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Leadership Development.
In September of 2012, Lt. Col. Fitz Gerald retired from the Army after 20 years of service and assumed duties as the Dean of Students and Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Wentworth Military College.
“We are very fortunate to have Lt. Col. FitzGerald in the position to command and train our cadets at Wentworth Military Academy and College,” said Colonel Michael Lierman, Wentworth Interim President. “His thorough knowledge of counseling and leadership development, along with his organizational skills, will be very valuable to our cadets.”
Lt. Col. FitzGerald’s military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and numerous other military awards. He is also a member of the Order of St George.
Lt. Col. Fitz Gerald is married to the former Hannah Barnes of New Franklin, MO and they have two sons, Kimble, 17 and Pender, 12.
Wentworth Military Academy and College is a private co-educational military high school and two-year college. For 9th-12th graders, Wentworth provides an exemplary college-prep education, which builds self-discipline and self-confidence. In college, small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty allows our traditional and military students to achieve success in academics and in life. Wentworth is one of only five military junior colleges in the country to offer a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army after just two years of college.
Wentworth is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Anyone wishing to learn more about Wentworth Military College may contact the Public Relations Office at (660) 259-6030 or email Major Kevin Farley at [email protected]