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Regent Leaders Taste Navy Adventure

| October 20, 2010

Dr. Jeffrey Pittman and Professor Jay Gary

The idea of walking a mile in another man's shoes takes on new meaning on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier's flight deck. In early October, Regent University's vice president for Student Services Dr. Jeffrey Pittman and School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship Professor Jay Gary donned their cranials (flight head gear) and float coats and went aboard the USS Enterprise, the nation's original nuclear aircraft carrier, during underway operations in the Virginia Capes.

Pittman and Gary participated in the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Visitors Program, which brings community leaders to sea to experience what Navy men and women do on a daily basis. This is the third time Regent faculty and administrators have experienced life onboard ship.

Beginning with an arrestor landing on the deck of the carrier, the two-day experience also includes meeting with officers, touring the ship and acquiring first-hand knowledge of how the ship is run.

It was a transformative experience for both men. "My awareness of the challenging and undoubtedly rewarding work of the military was dramatically increased after only a few hours on the USS Enterprise. It was immediately apparent that our sailors performed a tremendous amount of difficult work and took on tremendous responsibility in their various roles," said Pittman.

"It was astounding to meet those sailors whose dedication, courage and honor exemplify the best of America. From the admiral down to the enlisted seamen, the U.S. Navy is indeed a group that demonstrates the spirit of excellence that makes America great," added Gary. "My visit to the USS Enterprise reminded me how we all can serve a cause greater than ourselves, and hasten the day when nations will beat their swords into ploughshares.

Other Regent staff have previously participated in the Distinguished Visitors Program, spending time on the USS Harry S. Truman. They include: Dr. Carlos Campo, Regent president; Sherri Stocks, vice president for marketing & public relations; Tracy Stewart, vice president for enrollment management and I.T.; Dr. Corné Bekker, associate professor in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship; Dr. Jim Downey, executive director for institutional effectiveness; Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies; and Martha Smith, vice president for human resources.

Regent University partners with the Navy to provide rating-related degrees to Navy men and women serving around the world. Regent is a Servicemembers Opportunity College, Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program university, and Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) school.

Find out more about Regent's military-friendly offerings.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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