Aug. 12, 2004

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Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858; and Maj. David Connolly, Fort Leavenworth, (913) 684-2020.

KU, Fort Leavenworth to establish faculty, student exchange program

LAWRENCE -- With an eye to contributing to homeland security needs, the University of Kansas, which has dozens of student and faculty exchanges with foreign universities, will enter into its first exchange agreement with a military institution on Friday.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, will sign a memorandum of understanding at 2 p.m. Friday at the Spencer Research Library at KU. A reception in the library's north gallery will follow the signing ceremony.

The exchange between KU and Fort Leavenworth will strengthen both institutions' ability to train future military and civilian leaders, particularly in international relations and national security, said Hemenway.

Faculty and students will have opportunities to learn from each other -- in coursework, seminars, speaker series and research -- and access new resources at each institution, Hemenway said.

"The war on terrorism has highlighted the nation's need for leaders with a sound knowledge of the world and the capability to apply that knowledge," he said. "Fort Leavenworth can teach its students tactics and strategies in the fight against terrorism. KU can teach them about the culture, faith and history of the people and the lands where terrorism originates. Together, by sharing knowledge we can give students at each institution a stronger, more comprehensive education."

"I am very pleased to formalize the relationship between the Combined Arms Center and the University of Kansas," said Wallace. "We have had many informal associations in the past and I am delighted that we are taking this interaction to the next level."

The university and Fort Leavenworth, which are about 40 miles apart, have collaborated informally off and on for years, said Barbara Romzek, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU. The agreement will enhance and encourage sustained interaction in the future, she said.

"We needed to create an institutional link that would outlast rotation in military personnel and changing faculty and student interests," Romzek said.

For the past seven years, KU and Fort Leavenworth have worked together to host International Officer Information Program seminars for military officers from around the world. Several departments and the fort have jointly sponsored speakers, and in 1999, KU's Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, the fort and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park sponsored a three-day conference on NATO 's 50th anniversary.

The memorandum of understanding will make it easier for faculty and students to access personnel and resources and establish official liaisons on each campus to assist and encourage interactions. KU and Fort Leavenworth also will appoint a joint executive steering committee to create guidelines to promote interinstitutional activities, such as faculty and student exchanges; joint conferences, speaker series and seminars; curricular development; and research. KU's liaison will be Kim Wilcox, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fort Leavenworth is the senior education institution for teaching tactics, leader development, battle command and staff procedures for the U.S. Army. Within the three schools of its Command and General Staff College and other programs, it trains approximately 12,000 resident and nonresident officers annually, including Army active and reserve components, civilian leaders, international officers and officers from the other service branches. Founded in 1881 by Gen. William T. Sherman, its graduates include President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gens. Omar N. Bradley and George S. Patton.

Fort Leavenworth also is home to the Combined Arms Center-Training, the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, and the Training and Doctrine Command Program Integration Office-Battle Command.

Also located at Fort Leavenworth are the Garrison Command, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and the TRADOC Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence-Threats, which includes the Foreign Military Studies Office.

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