Executive Offices of the BU Division of Military Education

Mission Statement of the BU Division of Military Education

Boston University’s Division of Military Education is entrusted with overseeing the military education of over 250 students enrolled at Boston University or one of our seventeen ROTC partner institutions of higher learning as these cadets and midshipmen prepare to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Services. 

BU’s ROTC Partner Institutions of Higher Learning

  • Air Force ROTC :  Boston College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Emmanuel College, New England School of Law, Northeastern University, Simmons University, University of Massachusetts at Boston, & Wentworth Institute of Technology.
  • Army ROTC:  Babson College, Bentley University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Curry College, Fisher College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Stonehill College, & University of Massachusetts at Boston.
  • Navy/Marine Corps ROTC:   Boston College, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, & Tufts University


  • GraduationThe Division of Military Education is especially proud to honor the 69 U.S. military veterans who will be graduating from BU on 19 May 2024.
  • Commissioning Ceremonies:  The Division of Military Education is pleased to announce the dates/times of the May 2024 commissioning ceremonies for our ROTC cadets and midshipmen.  Please note that these ceremonies are by invitation only.  If you would like an invitation, please contact the Director of the Division of Military Education or the respective ROTC unit commander.

    • Air Force:  Date/Time: Saturday, 18 May 2024, 400 pm–600 pm.
    • Army:  Date/Time: Monday, 20 May 2024, 1000 am–1200 pm.
    • Navy/Marine Corps:  Date/Time: Monday, 20 May 2024, 400 pm–600 pm.

  • Are You a BU Veteran?  The BU Division of Military Education cordially invites all BU-affiliated personnel who are military veterans to contact Prof. John Woodward, the Military Education Director, at jdwjr@bu.edu to be invited to future BU Veterans’ Socials.  Spouses, children, and friends of veterans are also welcome to join us.  Our thanks to BU Catering Executive Chef, Chris Graceffa, a U.S. Navy veteran, for coordinating and providing outstanding support for our inaugural BU Veterans Social held on 03 April 2024 at the BU Fuller’s Pub.

  • Tough Ruck:  On 14 April 2025, twenty BU Army ROTC cadets participated in the Tough Ruck,  a 26.2-mile ruck march in support of the Military Friends Foundation.  Each cadet completed the arduous race while carrying a minimum of 35 pounds in their rucksack.  We commend our cadets not only for their determination in completing the race but also for their remarkable fundraising efforts.  Together, they raised over $30,000, the third highest total amount for the event for our nation’s service members and first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Gettysburg Trip:  From 12-14 April 2024, 25 seniors from the Boston University Charles River Battalion Army ROTC traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to tour the historic Civil War battlefield as a part of their professional military education.  Prior to the trip, cadets were assigned aspects of the battle to research.  During the tour, each cadet delivered a briefing, highlighting the strategies and tactics employed during the battle.  The Division of Military Education thanks Mr. Frank Hadden, who provided generous financial support for the trip in memory of his late father, Major Frank L. Hadden, Jr., a class of 1950 BU Army ROTC alumnus.

  • DoD Guest Speaker:  The Division of Military Education thanks Mr. Guido Torres, a Department of Defense (DOD) official, for giving a presentation to BU students on DOD activities in support of allies in the SOUTHCOM region on 21 March 2024.  Mr. Torres provided a detailed explanation of Operation Jaque, which freed hostages in Columbia in 2008, and ongoing contingency planning efforts with respect to Haiti.

  • Joint Services Military Ball:  The Division of Military Education extends thanks to all of our cadets, midshipmen, cadre, MilEd staff, and guests who helped make the  annual Joint Services Military Ball on 24 Feb. 2024 an enjoyable evening of fellowship and camaraderie.

  • Undersecretary Visit to BU:  On 15 Feb. 2024, BU’s Division of Military Education hosted The Hon. Ashish Vazirani, the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, to a campus visit.  Military Education Director John Woodward, Pardee School Dean Scott Taylor, and Prof. Sanne Vershuren greeted Undersecretary Vazirani upon arrival.  He received in-depth briefings from each of the BU ROTC commanders – Captain Jack Houdeshell for Navy/Marine Corps ROTC, Lt. Col. Treavor Johnson for Air Force ROTC, and LTC Brian Hummel for Army ROTC.  Undersecretary Vazirani then met with cadets and midshipmen in the BU ROTC program to discuss their ROTC perspectives.  Our thanks to Undersecretary Vazirani for visiting with us and sharing insights.

  • Pershing Rifles HonorCongratulations to Catherine T. (Vadney) Sheridan (Boston University Army ROTC, CFA 1989) for being named to the Heritage List of the Pershing Rifles National Alumni Association.  She is currently the President of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels (Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority), the largest bridge and tunnel authority in the USA.  Cathy served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of Captain.


Office of the Director of the Division of Military Education

Director: John D. Woodward, Jr. Professor of the Practice, International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Phone: 617-353-8978
Email: jdwjr@bu.edu

Interim Assistant to the Director:  Jennifer Wilson
Phone:  617-353-4025

Previous Directors

  • Dr. Douglas Sears (2012-2024)
  • Prof. H. Joachim Maitre (1993-2012)
  • Ambassador Hermann Eilts (1982-1993)

Military Education Faculty Committee

From the Archives


On 29 April 2022, Boston University honored the late William Francis Buckley, BU Class of 1955, with induction into its U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  Buckley, an Army combat veteran of Korea and Vietnam, was one of the CIA’s most highly decorated officers.  On a CIA assignment in Beirut, he died in the line of duty at the hands of Iranian-backed terrorists in 1985.


On 17 April 1999, during BU ROTC’s 80th Anniversary celebration, Ambassador Hermann Eilts (left), a U.S. Army WW2 veteran, and CAS Military Science Professor Fred Woerner, the former commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command, unveiled the ROTC Alumni Memorial on Bay State Road.  (Photo by Vin Catania.)