National Guard Leadership Program Coming Back to SWOSU

An Oklahoma Army National Guard leadership program is coming back to the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

It was announced in February that the National Guard would be terminating the SWOSU Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program due to the budgetary impact of federal sequestration spending reductions, originally authorized by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

SWOSU President Randy Beutler; Adjutant General for Oklahoma, Major General Robbie L. Asher; and U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer for Oklahoma, Colonel Curtis D. Arnold have signed an agreement to revise the program starting this fall.

The program, which was originally established on the SWOSU campus in 2007, is to develop future federal-commissioned officers. After completion of the program, the candidate becomes a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and serves in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

“We are pleased this military-leadership program will remain on our campus and in western Oklahoma,” Beutler said.

The GOLD program contact on the SWOSU campus is Dr. Chad Kinder, interim Dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies. For more information, call 580.774.3291.