Todd Coulard

Todd Coulard headshot

An MBA felt like a check in the block, whereas the leadership program fed my passion.

Q: “Tell us about yourself.”
A: “I am a husband, father, and long-distance runner. I coach competitive soccer and am a Norwich Master of Science in Leadership graduate book club member. I am a master chief helicopter rescue swimmer in the Navy. I currently serve as the community lead for more than 500 sailors on the east coast. I have spent five years with the SEAL teams where I have conducted multiple combat deployments.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I wanted to pursue a graduate degree, but I wanted it to be something I was passionate about. An MBA felt like a check in the block, whereas the leadership program fed my passion.”

Q: “What are your future professional plans?”
A: “I plan to retire from the military in about two years. I am currently conducting informational interviews with leadership consultant groups and senior organizational leaders.”

Q: “Prior to beginning your courses, what were some of your expectations for an online degree program?”
A: “I was hoping to join and stay with my cohort for the duration. I am glad this was not the case because I was exposed to many different people and diverse points of view while maintaining relationships with a few that were with me every step of the way.”

Q: “Please tell us about a time in which you could put your knowledge gained in the classroom to work immediately at your job.”
A: “In leading and providing guidance to naval leadership at the executive level.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “Discipline, grit and networkability. Norwich was the best academic decision I have ever made! Additionally, the military-friendly environment was a plus.”


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