Berwick takes command at Lyman WardPublished 5:30pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Dr. Roy Berwick became president of Lyman Ward Military Institute in a ceremony Tuesday, assuming command of a school he said “changed my life” when he was a lowly scrub 50 years ago.
The Camp Hill military academy held its change of command ceremony Tuesday, with longtime president Col. Bill Jenrette passing the school colors to to Berwick in a ceremony that has spanned the school’s 115-year history.
Berwick, who spent a year at LMWA as a teenager, credited the school with “turning this underachiever into an overachiever” in his comments to dozens of newly shaved cadets.
During his military career, Berwick served in every leadership position in the Army military police corps before becoming a judge advocate general, or military attorney. He has commanded military schools at both the high school and college levels.
Berwick said his first year will be focused mainly on the cadets, their education and their well-being.
“We’ve got to get back to caring about cadets, letting cadets lead cadets and being that overwatch that cadets need,” he said.
Berwick said he’d promised there would be no major changes in this first year, instead aiming to “let the dust settle” and get the school through its upcoming accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
After that, he said, he’d like to see a “sprucing up” of academics. He said he’d like to see more college courses added, and possibly developing post-graduate programs.
“But that’s down the road,” he said.