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University Of North Alabama Welcomes New Chair In Military Science

Aug. 29, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-The University of North Alabama Military Science Department is under new leadership.Lt. Col. Perry R. Bolding is now serving as the chair of the Military Science Department.

Bolding said it's a tremendous honor to be at UNA.

"The school has a storied history, the campus is beautiful, and I've found everyone to be incredibly welcoming," said Bolding. "I'm especially thankful for how well UNA supports our ROTC program."

Bolding said the entire faculty and staff, especially Dean Burkhalter, Mark Linder, Provost Alexander and President Kitts have been faithful supporters of ROTC.

"I've been pleasantly surprised by the access I have to these great leaders, and that's something my peers at other institutions don't experience. It's really a dream come true to join such a thriving and collaborative community," he said.

Originally, from Oneonta and Decatur, Alabama, Perry received his commission and undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College. He later earned his MBA from Duke University and taught Economics and Personal Finance at the United States Military Academy at West Point; but coming to UNA is still like coming home.

"My parents graduated from this university, and several of my immediate and extended family live in the area," Bolding said. "UNA is the perfect mix of location and an organizational culture committed to producing leaders of character. North Alabama is my home, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve here."

Bolding is a career logistics officer and has served in the 82ndAirborne Division and the 75thRanger Regiment. His academic interests include Leadership, Personal Finance, and Behavioral Economics. Perry and his wife, Becky, reside in Killen with their four children.



The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.