Wells leading State WWI Commission

Dr. Billy Wells, senior vice president for leadership and global engagement, has been tapped to chair Georgia’s six-member World War I Centennial Commission, which was established by the Georgia General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal to plan events, educate Georgians and encourage local observances that honor the role of Georgia in World War I. The commission complements the work of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission established in 2013.

“During World War I, Georgia was home to more training camps than any other state and contributed more than 100,000 men and women to the war effort by its end in 1918,” Wells said. “I am honored to serve on the commission that will help honor those who have served and recognize the enormous impact Georgia played.”

Wells, a retired Army colonel and a former professor of military science at UNG, is responsible for UNG’s leadership initiatives, including its military programs and the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, UNG’s Center for Global Engagement, and the University Press of North Georgia.

“The centennial of World War I offers an opportunity for Georgians to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors, and to understand how the events of 100 years ago have affected the state, our nation, its people and the world,” said Dr. Tom Jackson, heritage communications executive for the University System of Georgia and executive director of the Georgia World War I Commission.

More information on Georgia’s role in World War I and activities of the Georgia WWI Commission are available at http://bit.ly/1SmBzW6.