Words from the Campaign Chair

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Norwich University’s Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign is bringing our university community together in new and powerful ways. The largest campaign in our history, Forging the Future has mobilized more than 24,000 alumni and friends to raise $100 million for the future of our institution and our third century of service to our nation. We are united for a brighter tomorrow for all those we serve.

We are deeply grateful to those who are contributing to our success, and to those who have gifted in excess of $88 million toward our goal since we launched the campaign in 2014. Together, we are building upon the shoulders of those alumni like Grenville Dodge, Gideon Wells, I.D. White and Gordon R. Sullivan, who have gone before as leaders, inspired to make the world a better place for future generations.

Yet, there is much more work to do to. Technology, global resiliency and security, and connectivity are redefining our world in new and constantly changing ways. Providing both the modern, cross-disciplinary environment for academic scholarship, interactive learning and discussion and camaraderie, and access to our values-based education and “hands on” experiential learning for a broad spectrum of students, remain bold and powerful ideas. These are guiding principles that will require our continued dedication and collective commitment in the years ahead.

As President Richard W. Schneider often remarks, our shared vision and our guiding values are as relevant today as they were nearly 200 years ago at inception by our founder, Captain Alden Partridge. We invite you to join us in our mission to provide the transformative educational experience that forms a common bond between all Norwich leaders and alumni who are the useful citizen-soldiers America requires today and tomorrow.

Thank you for your partnership in the fulfillment of our legacy.
Norwich Forever!

Joel Kobert, Chair
Forging the Future Campaign



Gen Sullivan

“All of us must remember everything at Norwich is designed to serve one purpose—the development of young men and women as citizen soldiers of character, capable of leading this Republic deep into this century. If we focus on the end state—people—we can get deep into their soul and then everything else takes on meaning. Sure details are important. But what is more important is how passionate we are feeling about Norwich and each other.”

— General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, USA (Ret.)
Honorary Chair of the Bicentennial Campaign

A Letter from the Chair

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Norwich University’s Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign is bringing our university community together in new and powerful ways. The largest campaign in our history, Forging the Future has mobilized more than 24,000 alumni and friends to raise $100 million for the future of our institution and our third century of service to our nation. We are united for a brighter tomorrow for all those we serve.

We are deeply grateful to those who are contributing to our success, and to those who have gifted in excess of $88 million toward our goal since we launched the campaign in 2014. Together, we are building upon the shoulders of those alumni like Grenville Dodge, Gideon Wells, I.D. White and Gordon R. Sullivan, who have gone before as leaders, inspired to make the world a better place for future generations.

Yet, there is much more work to do to. Technology, global resiliency and security, and connectivity are redefining our world in new and constantly changing ways. Providing both the modern, cross-disciplinary environment for academic scholarship, interactive learning and discussion and camaraderie, and access to our values-based education and “hands on” experiential learning for a broad spectrum of students, remain bold and powerful ideas. These are guiding principles that will require our continued dedication and collective commitment in the years ahead.

As President Richard W. Schneider often remarks, our shared vision and our guiding values are as relevant today as they were nearly 200 years ago at inception by our founder, Captain Alden Partridge. We invite you to join us in our mission to provide the transformative educational experience that forms a common bond between all Norwich leaders and alumni who are the useful citizen-soldiers America requires today and tomorrow.

Thank you for your partnership in the fulfillment of our legacy.
Norwich Forever!

Joel Kobert, Chair
Forging the Future Campaign



Gen Sullivan

“All of us must remember everything at Norwich is designed to serve one purpose—the development of young men and women as citizen soldiers of character, capable of leading this Republic deep into this century. If we focus on the end state—people—we can get deep into their soul and then everything else takes on meaning. Sure details are important. But what is more important is how passionate we are feeling about Norwich and each other.”
— General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, USA (Ret.)
Honorary Chair of the Bicentennial Campaign