Jerry Kozlowski, Senior Adjunct Professor, Adult and Graduate Program

What is your education and background? 

I’m a retired senior U. S. Air Force officer with 25 years of active duty.  I spent most of my career with the Strategic Air Command and U. S. Space Command.  I moved 13 times in 25 years and served in many leadership positions.  Some of my duties were:  ICBM launch officer and commander, command program manager, group commander and executive officer at the U. S. Air Force Academy, and finally a commander and senior briefer at U. S. Space Command.  During my Air Force career I have briefed and dined with presidents, members of Congress, and heads of state from around the world.  While in the Air Force I was honored as the Military Training Command Instructor of the Year as well as the U. S. Air Force Academy Officer of the Year.  My family and I returned to WNY after I retired from active duty since this is where our families live.  Shortly after my return I took a senior-level management position with Tops Markets where I headed-up the New Ventures department until 2000.  One of my top projects was adding gas stations to our supermarket sites.  I then spent 12 years at Genesee Community College (SUNY) where I served as an instructor/professor, dean of two major departments and finally as Associate Vice President for Workforce Development.  I was honored in 2006 with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  In addition to my work at the college, I also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and was also selected by the governor to serve on the NY State Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.   I retired from my full-time career in 2013 and currently run a successful free-lance consulting business specializing in higher education.  I have been teaching for Medaille College for over 15 years and currently serve as a Senior Adjunct Professor teaching in the MBA and MOL programs.  I earned my undergraduate degree in education from Texas State University and an MBA in management from Golden Gate University.  I am also a graduate of the U. S. Air Force Squadron Officer’s School and Air Command and Staff College.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille? 

Without a doubt it would be my contact with our students.  It is a true privilege to teach in our graduate school program. The folks sitting in my classes are the current and future leaders of our WNY business community. I often find myself smiling as I drive home from a four-hour class…realizing I learned as much about myself that evening as they hopefully did about themselves!  The real reward is hearing that my students took something from our class and used it immediately and positively in their professional and private lives the very next day.  From my perspective that’s one of the best things we can do as faculty to improve our recruitment and retention…have our students tell their colleagues at the lunch table about the positive and rewarding experience they’re having at Medaille!

If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be? 

My father who passed away in 2009.  He was famous to me and to the people who truly knew him.  I would use the opportunity to thank him once again for the powerful and positive influence he was in my life, and to also tell him all of the things I failed to mention while he was still alive.

Describe yourself in 3 words…

Passionate, driven, ethical

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you? 

Flint to start a fire, a machete, and an iPad equipped with a small solar panel containing my favorite books and music!

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