Elizabeth City State University is committed to educating future leaders. And future Coast Guard leaders are coming out of the university and heading to Officer Candidate School.
Joining ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway in his office Friday, July 22, 2016, was ECSU Director of Veterans and Military Services Tim Freeman, Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City Executive Officer and ECSU graduate, Cmdr. Warren Judge, and Coast Guard Adm. Bill Kelly. Adm. Kelly and Cmdr. Judge toured the campus and enjoyed lunch while discussing the future of educating members of the Coast Guard at ECSU.
Currently, ECSU participates in the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), offering a university education to men and women enlisting in the Coast Guard. Upon graduation, the enlisted service members then attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) to become commissioned officers in the Coast Guard. Cmdr. Judge noted that there are currently six ECSU graduates on their way to OCS.
Cmdr. Judge is an example of how a relationship between the Coast Guard and ECSU can change one person’s future. He joined the Coast Guard behind his brother after leaving the University of Florida as a student. While working as an enlisted service member, Cmdr. Judge was stationed at Base Elizabeth City. He enrolled at ECSU, earned his bachelors in computer science, and went on to OCS.
Cmdr. Judge would go on to have a stellar career in the Coast Guard. And through programs such as CSPI, it is possible for any young man or woman to thrive beyond graduation.
One of ECSU’s most recent CSPI success stories is Tyler Pryor. Pryor graduated from the ECSU aviation program in May, 2015. He had the honor of being the only student in the country accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard's Wilks Flight Initiative program.