Alumni Testimonials

Jim Moschgat

Master of Science in Leadership
, Class of 2021
Jim Moschgat headshot
Norwich’s program stood out because its curricula appeared to be well balanced and very straightforward.
Jim Moschgat, Class of 2021
Master of Science in Leadership

Q: “Tell us about yourself: your family, friends, interests/ hobbies, and professional experience.”

A: “I live in Colorado, am married, and have three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. I like to hunt, fish, ski, hike, read, and tinker with old Corvettes. I’m also an amateur aviation archeologist and enjoy searching for airplane crash sites in remote locations. I graduated from the USAF Academy in 1977 and spent 30 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. I was fortunate to command several units, one during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with more than 10,000 personnel. I spent 30 years in the Air Force as an officer and fighter pilot, retiring in 2007 at the rank of colonel. I now work as a government civil servant for the Department of the Air Force as the Deputy Commandant of the National Security Space Institute, which is a military school that provides professional education courses for US and allied personnel serving in space career fields.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich?”

A: “I chose Norwich because of its academic reputation and military heritage. I think Norwich’s military foundation makes it unique in a world where most institutions have no military affiliation. To me, Norwich’s program stood out because its curricula appeared to be well balanced and very straightforward.”

Q: “What is one piece of advice you would give to future students enrolling into one of Norwich’s online programs?”

A: “Go into the program knowing you’ll be challenged, both mentally and temporally. There’s never enough time to do everything necessary in an adult’s day, and accomplishing all the schoolwork can be challenging. However, by planning ahead, staying organized, and remaining dedicated to the program, anyone should be able to complete the program.”

Q: “Please tell us about a time(s) in which you could put your knowledge gained in the classroom to work immediately at your job.”

A: “I used the knowledge gained about change management to plan and implement a reorganization of my entire organization.”

Q: “Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your experiences at Norwich or the impact of Norwich on your life?”

A: “I have an adult daughter who grew up knowing a hardcore Air Force colonel as her dad. Not long after completing a semester studying emotional intelligence, a course of study that caused me to be more reflective and introspective, my daughter commented to my wife, ‘Wow, I don’t know what’s up with dad, but I like the change. I’ve really enjoyed discussing issues with him.’ While I see a difference in myself, it’s gratifying to know those I love and care about also see a tangible difference in my outlook, perspectives, and demeanor.”