Brigadier General Donald Bolduc Joins New England College As “Scholar in Residence”
32-Year U.S. Army Veteran, War Hero, Champion of Eliminating Stigma Surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress Will Teach at NEC in 2019/20.
The U.S. Army leader known to many as “Captain America” has a new mission: captivate and educate young minds at New England College. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc has agreed to become a “Scholar in Residence” at NEC. General Bolduc will be in front of the classroom this fall when school begins the 2019–2020 term. His responsibilities will be to teach two courses per term, lead campus events, participate in NEC special events and make himself available to students and faculty.
“I have long had a passion for teaching, for sharing my experiences and for offering wisdom to the next generation of leaders in this country, so I am thrilled to be joining New England College as a Scholar in Residence, where I hope to help shape young minds to tackle the challenges we face together as a nation,” says General Bolduc. “I’m ready to get started.”
General Bolduc has made a national name for himself off the battlefield. With his trusty therapy dog, Victor, by his side, the General offers his own experiences and stories as a living example of the struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from battle. He is a champion of shattering the stigma associated with mental health care and treatment. These stories and experiences will be central to the lessons General Bolduc will share with students and faculty at the College.
“It is an indescribable honor to have General Bolduc join our faculty at New England College; there is no doubt in my mind that our students and our staff will learn from his example and his experience,” says Dr. Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Our school’s history includes deep-rooted connections to our military, so this is a natural fit with NEC’s mission.”
Founded after World War II to serve the servicemen and women looking to transition through education, New England College has a 70-year history of helping those who serve our country. NEC offers generous transfer policies that consider military experience and training as well as financial discounts for active duty service members and veterans.
Scholars in Residence at New England College typically spend one year in the role and, as such, are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the College in a variety of ways. Like all faculty, General Bolduc will have access to an office and administrative support at NEC. This fall, he will be teaching courses on leadership and homeland security. The purpose of this appointment is to bring to campus an individual with exceptional and unique experience, expertise and willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of our community.
“Last January, General Bolduc was the Founders’ Day speaker at New England College and he made an immediate impact on our students with his story and his passion, and so we began a conversation about how we could involve him more in our programs,” explains Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Vice President of Academic Affairs at New England College. “We knew his presence would have a lasting and positive impact on our students.”
General Bolduc is currently involved with the following organizations:
- Appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve as a member of the Juvenile Parole Board
- Senior Advisor for the Center of Naval Analysis that provides cutting-edge, expert analysis and high quality, impartial information for effective decision making
- Advisor for Mission Readiness, Council for a Strong America consisting of retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit and stay out of trouble
- Advisor for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit 501 organization that provides a variety of programs to assist wounded veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces
- Advisor to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in training and pairing service dogs
- Board member of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. that provides multi-faceted, focused, trauma interventions to first responders and warriors who develop symptoms of PTS and combat-related PTS because of executing line of duty/service responsibilities
- Active supporter of Veterans Count, a program of Easterseals to support Veterans
- Board Advisor for Warriors Heart Foundation, a PTS and addiction treatment center for active military, veterans and first responders