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Maj. Gen. Cedric D. George, a 1987 graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Norwich University, speaks to cadets at the school Thursday. George is one of four finalists in the school’s search for a new president.

NORWICH — The second candidate hoping to be the next president of Norwich University has been on campus late this week.

Major General Cedric D. George is a 1987 graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the university, where he received a bachelor’s degree in science and electrical engineering. He also has master’s degrees from other colleges in resource strategy, strategic studies, the science of management, and military operational art and science.

While on campus yesterday and today (Friday), George will attend a series of meetings with faculty, staff, cadets and civilian students. He will also attend public forums that are open to the public and will be livestreamed.

George is a fully qualified maintenance officer and has held key maintenance leadership positions at the wing, major command and air staff levels of the United States Air Force. He is also a Level 3 senior acquisition professional with a wide array of leadership experiences in Air Force and joint programs.

George is currently CEO of George Group Consulting LLC, based in Texas, which provides management consulting and project management services to small- and medium-sized businesses.

From 2018 through this year, he has been the director of logistics for the USAF at The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, as a senior adviser to a three-star deputy chief of staff leading 230,000 airmen and their families. He oversaw 180,000 technicians and managers maintaining the aerospace weapons systems inventory, a $21 billion annual budget and more than 100 campuses worldwide.

From 2014 to 2018, he was the deputy director of resource integration and deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection for the USAF at The Pentagon where his duties included oversight of logistics for technology, strategy, advocacy and policy across the full spectrum of operations for air, space, cyber and joint forces.

His commands have included the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 35th Maintenance Group, 11th Wing, 76th Maintenance Wing and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.

Between 2012 and 1996, while on active duty, he has served in executive administration, program oversight, academia and as a student in training programs. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of “U.S. Airforce Logistics Technology and Information Technology Insertion Strategy.”

The search marks the end of an era for Rich Schneider, who joined the school in 1992 and will step down in May. During his tenure as president, Schneider raised the university’s endowment from $8 million to about $220 million this year, the school’s bicentennial.

The names of the other two candidates will only be released 24 to 48 hours before their two-day visit to the campus, according to Phil Soucy, a member of the board of trustees and serves as chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. The dates of the other two-day visits by the other two candidates are Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday next week.

Soucy said there were 48 applications for the position that were shortlisted to four finalists.

To view livestream video of the candidates, visit https://www.norwich.edu/livestream

Norwich students, faculty and staff can submit questions to candidates in forums at Norwich University’s Twitter channel (#NUPresidentialSearch) or at the school’s Twitter account (@NorwichNews) using the same hashtag.

Earlier this week, the Norwich community, and the public were introduced to another candidate for the school’s top spot, Brigadier General Cindy Jebb.

stephen.mills @timesargus.com

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