Col. Bernard BanksThe son of a career Army aviation officer, Col. Bernard Banks (Ph.D. '11) is Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He directs the Eisenhower Leaders Development Program, which was jointly designed by West Point and faculty in Teachers College's Social-Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership. Founded in 2005, ELDP provides officers -- mostly captains and majors who have been commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan -- with a 45-credit curriculum that includes courses given both at TC and at West Point. Graduates emerge with a master's degree in social-organizational psychology and stay on at West Point for another two or three years to serve as company tactical officers, helping West Point undergraduates meet and balance the physical, military, academic and ethical requirements of a West Point education.
Banks graduated from West Point in 1987 and received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. In 1991, he transferred from Field Artillery to the Aviation branch. He is qualified as a Senior Army Aviator, Master Parachutist, and Ranger. Read more...
To learn more about the Eisenhower Leaders Development program, read:
- Duty, Honor, Country... Collaboration, Cooperation, Research (Teachers College 2012 Annual Report)
- Uniform Praise (www.tc.edu)
- High-Class Help (TC Today magazine)
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