Associate Dean Speaks at Annual U.S. Coast Guard Ethics Forum

Thomas Gelwicks, Joan Vestrand, Thomas Gelwicks Jr.

Thomas Gelwicks (left), U.S. Coast Guard veteran; Joan Vestrand (center), WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean; and Thomas Gelwicks Jr., Citadel Military Academy chief warrant officer participated in the U.S. Coast Guard's 27th annual Ethics Forum. Vestrand met Gelwicks Jr. during her first year speaking at the. Coast Guard Ethics Forum and has since been invited to speak at the Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, SC.

Joan Vestrand, associate dean at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus, presented, “Principled Leadership: The Road from Good to Great,” during the U.S. Coast Guard’s 27th annual Ethics Forum on March 21 at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

“Leadership is the cornerstone for any individual, no matter what their walk of life, in building a solid foundation for a successful career and life,” said Vestrand. “It’s my honor to speak at the forum for the sixth time to the U.S. Coast Guard’s exceptional leaders.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Ethics Forum provides the Corps of Cadets with a full day of lectures, panels, and small group dialogues on the topic of ethical situations in the Coast Guard and beyond. As future officers, cadets are educated in the concepts of integrity and strength of character, but this annual event allows for an immersion in thought-provoking discussions led by experts in a variety of disciplines.


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