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Visiting Scholars

Dr. John Duke Anthony
The Dean's Visiting Scholar Chair
Department of International Studies and Political Science

Dr. Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and currently serves on the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. For the past 38 years, he has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. He will teach a course on Gulf States of the Middle East in the fall.

Dr. Jin Wung Kim
The Eugenio Lopez Chair for Asian Studies
Department of International Studies and Political Science

Dr. Kim is the 2012-13 holder of the Lopez Chair in Asian Studies.   He holds a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University and is Professor of History at Kyungpook National University, Taegu, Republic of Korea.  He specializes in Korean history and politics,  and the history of Korean-American relations.  He has published widely on these topics and has been a Fulbright Scholar at Rutgers University.  He will teach a course on the history of the Korean War in the fall and a course on contemporary Korean politics in the spring. 

Dr. W. Lad Sessions
The Floyd D. Gottwald '43 Visiting Professor in Leadership and Ethics
Department of Psychology and Philosophy

Dr. Sessions grew up in South Dakota, did his undergraduate work at the University of Colorado (BA, 1965), and graduate work at Union Theological Seminary-Columbia University (MA, 1967), Oxford (Mansfield College, 1967-68), and Yale (PhD, 1971).  He taught at Washington and Lee University for 40 years, retiring in 2011 as the Ballengee Professor of Philosophy.  He is the author of three books (The Concept of Faith; Reading Hume's Dialogues; and Honor for Us).  The course he will teach at VMI this fall ("Honor") is based on a long-running course he taught at W&L. 

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Reshef Agam-Segal
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Philosophy

Dr. Agam-Segal has a D.Phil in philosophy from Oxford University in the UK. He was born and raised in Israel, where he also served in the army for three years.  After finishing his doctorate, Reshef spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago. He then taught philosophy at Auburn University in Alabama for four years, before he came here to take a position at VMI. His main academic interests are in moral philosophy, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and philosophy and literature. 

Lieutenant Colonel Bradley L. Coleman
Associate Professor of History

Lieutenant Colonel Coleman is the new holder of the George J. Collins, Sr.,  Chair in Military History and Director of the John A. Adams ‘71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis.  No stranger to VMI, Brad graduated from the Institute in 1995 with a degree in history before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia.  From 2007 until 2012 he was Command Historian for Southern Command with the Department of Defense.  He has published articles on the Korean War and a book on United States military relations with Colombia. 

Major M. Houston Johnson
Assistant Professor of History

Major Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Roanoke College and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He taught at Bridgewater College in 2010-11 and is a specialist in 20th Century U.S. History and especially the history of American aviation.  He has presented and published in this field and helped to edit an encyclopedia of military science. 

Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Krackow
Associate Professor of Physical Education

Lieutenant Colonel Krackow holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instructions with a specialization in Health Promotion and Exercise Science.  He also holds licenses/certifications as an Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Physical Therapist Assistant, and an Erogonomic  Assessment Specialist.  He comes to VMI from Jefferson College of Health Sciences/Carilion Clinic in Roanoke Virginia where he was the Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Wellness.  His teaching and research focuses on numerous aspects of fitness and wellness as related to specific populations. 

Dr. Dekuwmini Mornah
Assistant Professor of Economics and Business

Dr. Dekuwmini (Dee) Mornah received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Mississippi in May 2012 and May 2008 respectively. He also received a B.A. in economics from the University of Ghana. Prior to joining the University of Mississippi Ph.D. program, Dee worked as a policy analyst in Ghana for a non-governmental organization (NGO) policy think-tank in the areas of international trade and development. His research interests include public choice, industrial organization, and international trade and development. 

Major J. Patrick Rhamey 
Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science 

Major Rhamey received his BA from Rhodes College in May 2006 in International Studies and Political Science.  He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia in May 2008.  In 2012 he received his Ph.D in political science from the University of Arizona.  His research focuses on why different regional subsystems, such as the Middle East or Central Europe, are more or less cooperative or, rather,  conflict prone.   Patrick is a native of Texas and is joined in Lexington with his wife, Kate, and son, Trey. 


Major Dorothy E. Hayden
Assistant Director of the Miller Academic Center

Major Hayden
earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Arizona in May 2012.  Dorothy’s experience in education includes two years at the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center where she worked with a range of students from those on academic probation to students in the honors program. 

Michael Anne Lynn
Site Director
Stonewall Jackson House

Ms. Lynn joined VMI in May, 2011 with 33 years of experience in the museum field, most recently as executive director of the Stonewall Jackson House. She worked previously at the Lynchburg Museum System and the New York State Historical Association. She holds an M.A. in History Museum Administration from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta and a B.A. from University of Virginia. 

Major Lawrence (Larry) E. Mangino
Assistant Commandant for Cadet Life

Major Mangino is the Assistant Commandant for Cadet Life responsible for the Club Sports Program.  He joins the Commandant’s staff after serving at Southern Methodist University as the assistant men’s basketball coach; the player development coach for the Denver Nuggets; seven seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at The United States Air Force Academy (2000-07). He was a head coach for nine seasons; first at Clark University in Massachusetts from 1991-96 and then at Ferrum College in Virginia from 1996-2000. Before becoming a head coach, Major Mangino worked as an assistant coach at George Washington University from 1986-91, at Yale from 1984-86, and at Montclair State in 1983-84. He also helped George Washington to the NIT in 1990-91. Major Mangino is a 1983 graduate of Montclair State where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education. He later earned his master's degree in human development from George Washington in 1996.  Major Mangino and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, Chelsea (junior at University of Virginia) and Grace (freshman at Virginia Tech). 

Major Maura Picciano
Assistant Director of the Miller Academic Center

Major Picciano received her M.S.Ed in Counseling and Student Affairs at Youngstown State University in May 2012. Holding a B.A in Education from the University of Mount Union, Maura has a variety of professional experience in education from teaching in the elementary school system to providing academic support in higher education. 

Major E. Lee Rakes
Assessment and Research Analyst

Major Rakes holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (with a specialization in Educational Psychology) and a MSEd in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech.  For his dissertation he studied marksmanship training of Army ROTC cadets and specifically the effects of visual imagery on performance and the experience of “flow.”  He is passionate about education and has served as an educator at Virginia State Parks and at Virginia Tech.

Lucy Rex Wilkins 
Visitor Services/Assistant Manager 
Stonewall Jackson House 

Mrs. Wilkins joined VMI in May, 2011.  For the past eight years, she has served the Stonewall Jackson House as Volunteer/Staff/and Tour Coordinator.  She has worked previously as a Travel Counselor for the Lexington Visitor Center and as an Historic Interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg.  She holds a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A.in Music from the University of Richmond. 


Major Paul Beeman
Senior Marine Officer Instructor 

Major Beeman is a prior enlisted infantryman and embassy guard. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and was commissioned a Command and Control Systems Officer. He has served in a number of operational assignments in the Fleet Marine Force including  Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom,  Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Tomodachi. Instructor assignments include tours at The Basic School in Quantico Virginia and the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California. 

Lieutenant Colonel John Brown 
 of Military Science 

Lieutenant Colonel Brown has his BS in Parks and Recreation Administration from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR and commissioned in 1980.  He attended Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in 1984.  He commanded an Engineer Company and Logistical Support Battalion.  He was the G7 Schools Officer for the 80th Training Command (TASS) and later was the Brigade S3, Operations Officer, 1st BDE (Quartermaster) 94th Division (FS), 80th Training Command (TASS).  He retired after 35 years of service in FEB 2012. 

Captain Sam Carney
Instructor of Military Science

Captain Carney graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in History and Minor in Spanish.  He was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in the Virginia Army National Guard.  In 2005 he transferred to the West Virginia National Guard to join 19th Special Forces Group.  His previous duty assignments include: Infantry Platoon Leader, Special Forces Company XO, and Special Forces Detachment Commander.  As a civilian, Captain Carney has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton where he consulted with CENTCOM, Joint Staff, Navy and CYBERCOM. Captain Carney currently serves as the Military Science I Branch chief in the Army ROTC Department.  His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009 where he served as a Detachment Commander and Battle Captain. 

Colonel Dean W. Lee
Professor and Head of Aerospace Studies

Colonel Dean “Spanky”  Lee, a 1988 graduate of Brigham Young University, has served as a pilot, instructor and evaluator in a variety of operational units throughout his career. His deployments include Operations DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM where he served as an F-15E Instructor Pilot.  He has also served in the Joint Service arena with the Army and Navy.   He has served as Squadron Commander and twice as Group Commander.  He recently returned from deployment in Djibouti as the 449th Air Expeditionary Group Commander supporting the US African Command mission. 

Colonel Patrick Looney
Professor and Head of Naval Science

Colonel Looney is a 1985 graduate of the University of New Mexico.  A Marine Infantry Officer, he has served over his 27 year career in numerous operational billets, various staff positions and in training command.  He comes to VMI from United States Africa Command, in Stuttgart Germany. 

Lieutenant Gildardo Lopez
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

Lieutenant Lopez enlisted in the United Sates Marine Corps after high school. He held a variety of positions as a financial management clerk serving for in the 1st Force Service Support Group out of Camp Pendleton, CA.  He was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program and joined the Jacksonville University NROTC unit where he received a B.S. in Communications from the University of North Florida. Once commissioned in the United Sates Navy he received orders to the USS Defender (MCM2) and a follow on tour to the USS FORD (FFG 54) before arriving at VMI.   

Sergeant Major Henry Sitzler
Instructor of Military Science

Sergeant Major Sitzler is an Infantry Sergeant Major and has served in the ARMY for 25 years. His previous duty assignments include: Brigade Operations SGM, BN CSM, BN OPS SGM, Company 1SG, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Long Range Surveillance Team leader, Ranger Instructor. Sergeant Major Sitzler currently serves as the Chief Military Science Instructor in the Army ROTC department. His combat deployments include Operation Just Cause Panama 1989, Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005 and 2007 to 2009 and, more recently, Operation New Dawn from 2010 to 2011. 

Major Corey Stavinoha
Instructor of Military Science

Major Stavinoha graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in History.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Virginia Army National Guard where he has served with distinction for the past 12 years.  His previous assignments include, Fire Direction Officer, Field Artillery Personnel Officer, Company Commander Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Battalion Support Planner, Aide de Camp and Program & Budget Analyst at the National Guard Bureau.  MAJ Stavinoha currently serves as the Military Science IV Branch chief in the Army ROTC Department.  His combat deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008 where he served as the Deputy Director of Logistics for the International Zone. 

Captain Robert Widmyer 
Instructor of Military Science 

Captain Widmyer graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Information Management Systems, and received his commission in January 2005.  After graduating from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA in 2005, Captain Widmyer served as Platoon in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment out of Fort Richardson, Alaska, which included a 14 month deployment to Iraq.  Upon redeployment, CPT Widmyer transitioned to the Signal Corp by completing the Signal Captain’s Career Course in November of 2008.  He was then assigned to HHC 35th Signal Brigade where he served in the BDE S-3 section.  Captain Widmyer was next assigned to command Alpha Company 67th ESB on the 23rd of December, 2009 while forward deployed to Iraq.  He remained in command of Alpha Company for two years, after which he was assigned to VMI. 

Adjunct Faculty

Kirstin Cooprider
Adjunct, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Kirstin Cooprider completed her Bachelor of Science degree in physics at Clarkson University and her Master of Science degree in physics at Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in astronomy.  She has served as an adjunct instructor at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in their mathematics department and the Governor School Program.  Kirstin will be teaching general physics and introductory astronomy courses for the Department of Physics and Astronomy during the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Micah Schultz
Adjunct, Department of English and Fine Arts

Micah Schultz earned an M.A. in English at James Madison University, where he also taught freshman composition. He will teach both writing and public speaking courses at VMI. 


Jennifer Fazioli
Cross Country/Distance Coach

Ms. Fazioli became the new VMI assistant track and field/cross country coach in April of 2012. Fazioli comes to VMI with nearly seven years of collegiate administration experience, with her most recent stop having been the University of Albany. There, she served as the assistant XC/track coach for four years and also was the program’s recruiting coordinator during that time. Prior to her tenure at Albany she served as the NCAA compliance coordinator at Oregon State University after earning her MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Penn State University in 2004 and her BA in American History from the University of Colorado in 2002. Fazioli will be working with both the men's and women’s cross country and mid-distance and distance runners. 

Ryan Mattocks
Assistant Basketball Coach

A 2011 graduate of Duke University, Mr. Mattocks brings over a decade of scholastic coaching experience to the Keydet basketball program as an assistant coach.  His prior stops include assistant coaching stints at Southern High (Durham, NC) and Apex High (Apex, NC), leading the Raleigh Elite AAU program to two State Championships as Head Coach (AAU, USBA), and instructing numerous Division I players at camps like Five-Star, Adidas Junior Phenom, and NBPA Top 100 camp.  Mattocks has most recently served as a talent evaluator/writer for MaxPreps.com, Phenom Hoop Report, and nbadraft.net.