Faculty And Staff

Learn Leadership from the Best Leaders. The Army ROTC program is only as strong as its instructors. That’s why we provide such highly qualified faculty and staff for Cadets. See the kind of varied and interesting experiences instructors have had that make them the best ROTC faculty and staff.

MAJ James M. Mitchell

Battalion Commander

Professor of Military Science

MAJ Mitchell

Major James Mitchell graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduated and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from Clemson University in August 1998.  His initial assignment was to Fort Hood, Texas with the 1st Cavalry Division performing duties as an Armor Company Fire Support Officer, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Logistics Officer. His next duty station was Fort Wainwright, Alaska with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, where he performed duties as an Assistant Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion Fire Support Officer, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, and Battery Commander.  After serving as a Battery Commander he was reassigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as an Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center.  His final assignment prior to arriving at Boston University was to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington where he was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and performed duties as the Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer.

Major Mitchell has two combat tours, Iraq (2005-2006) and Afghanistan (2011-2012) and one operational deployment, Kuwait (2000-2001).  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO Non-Article 5 Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

Major Mitchell and his wife Kellie have been married for fourteen years.  They have four children together.


MAJ Joshua A. Goodrich

Battalion Executive Officer

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Major Josh Goodrich is a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and started with the Charles River Battalion, Boston University Army ROTC, as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and the Recruiting Operations Officer on August 1, 2012.  Major Goodrich is currently the battalion Executive Officer responsible for coordinating human resources, operations, and logistics for the battalion to produce competent, confident future Army officers of character.

Major Goodrich enlisted in the Infantry in 1992 and earned his commission from Army ROTC in 1999. He graduated from the Engineer Officer Basic Course and was the recipient of the Assistant Commandant’s Award and the Reserve Officer/National Guard Top Graduate. Major Goodrich served as platoon leader, executive officer, and commander of Company B, 181st Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Mechanized). In 2003, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 379th Engineer Company (Combat Support Equipment).

In 2004, he started serving on active duty with the Massachusetts National Guard as the Training Officer, 726th Ordnance (Maintenance) Battalion and transitioned to Administrative Officer 126th Brigade Support Battalion serving in the Logistics Branch. In 2009 Major Goodrich was reassigned as Executive Officer 101st Engineer Battalion, The Nation’s Oldest, and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. While deployed, the battalion conducted construction effects operations in support of US and Iraqi forces throughout the United States Division-Center area of operations. Following the deployment Major Goodrich served as the battalion’s administrative officer, XO, and S3.

Major Goodrich’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Air Assault Badge. Major Goodrich holds an M.B.A. and B.A and graduated from the Command & General Staff College Intermediate Level Education, Army Engineer Captains Career Course, Ordnance Officer Branch Qualification Course, and Reserve Components Multifunctional Combat Service Support (RCMCSS) Course.

Major Goodrich’s major areas of interest are the art of command and organizational behavior.


MSG Daniel E. Pena

Senior Military Instructor

MSG Pena

 MSG Daniel E. Pena has 23 years of active military service as a Combat Engineer.  Until recently he served in the 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia as First Sergeant of the Forward Support Company FSC and the Battalion Operations Sergeant. Throughout his career he has been stationed at various duty stations including Fort Bliss, Texas, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Fort Stewart, Georgia, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as well as deployments in support of the Global War on Terror to South Korea, Kosovo, and Baghdad. MSG Pena has been placed in various leadership positions throughout his career and continually shows dedication, initiative, and selfless devotion tothe United States Army. MSG Pena graduated from the NBC Defense Course and Primary Leadership Development Course (WLC) and successfully completed the Air Assault Course, the Sapper Leader Course and BNCOC.  During his career he has been decorated numerous times, including one Bronze Star, one Meritorious Service Medal , five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Order of the Spur, the Unit Superior Award, the Train the Trainer Award, and several Certificates of Achievements, as well as being designated Drill Sergeant of the cycle twice.


SFC Christopher A. Bolwell

Training and Operations Sergeant

Military Science Instructor

SFC Bolwell

SFC Christopher A. Bolwell joined the Charles River Battalion in June of 2013. He is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, the Advanced Leader Course, and the Senior Leader Course as well as the U.S. Army Air Assault School, Rappel Master Course and the U.S. Marine Corps Urban Mobility Breachers Course. Prior to coming to Boston University he was a Platoon Sergeant with the 1-12 Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. After numerous duty stations both in the U.S. and overseas SFC Bolwell is assigned to his current duty positions as the Training and Operations Sergeant and Instructor of Military Science. He has deployed four times in support of the Global War on Terrorism with two tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. SFC Bolwell has received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and two Army Achievement Medals. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge.