Georgia Tech Naval ROTC alumnus, Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. was nominated May 30 by President Barack Obama for the post of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
If confirmed by Congress, Winnefeld (AE NROTC 1978) would serve as part of the new senior military leadership team advising President Obama led by Army General Martin E. Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The President praised Dempsey and Winnefeld saying they would make “an extraordinary team” on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Between them they bring deep experience in virtually every domain,” he said. “Land, air, space, sea, and cyber. Both of them have the respect of our troops on the front lines, our friends in Congress, and allies and partners abroad.”
Admiral Winnefeld presently heads the United States Northern Command. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Winnefeld received his commission from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is recognized nationally and internationally for teaching and research examining the human context of engineering, science, and technology. The College is comprised of six schools - Economics; History, Technology, and Society; The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; Literature, Communication, and Culture; Modern Languages; Public Policy; and Georgia Tech's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC units. It offers ten bachelor of science degrees, six master’s degrees, and six doctoral degrees. Students are prepared for professional leadership in government, business, public policy, international affairs, law, medicine, technology, and new media. Founded in 1990, the College is named in honor of former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. (1911 - 2003).