Citizen Soldier: Professor General
Col. Olin O. Oedekoven became Brigadier General Oedekoven on On
January 3, 2006. At the same ceremony he was sworn in as
Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the Wyoming Army
National Guard. But Gen. Oedekoven is still known as Doctor
Oedkoven at Northcentral University, based in Prescott Ariz.,
where he is an alumnus and faculty member. The
citizen-soldier/General-Professor makes his home in Gillette,
The swearing-in ceremony was held in Cheyenne, Wyo., the state
capitol, and among those present were Wyoming Governor Dave
Freudenthal and Adjutant General, Major General Ed Wright. Prior
to this promotion, Oedekoven held the rank of colonel and
commanded the 115th Field Artillery Brigade.
Oedekoven has served in the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard
for over 25 years. He has recently retired from a career with
the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, where he was a wildlife
biologist, and co-founded the Peregrine Leadership Institute
(www.peregrineleadership.com). The institute conducts leadership
development workshops, training business managers in employee
development, and provides consulting services to business
clients in the U.S. and Canada.
Asked by the Billings Gazette about his new duties as commander
of the Wyoming Guard, Oedekoven displayed a characteristic blend
of humility and confidence. "I assume command without any
hesitation," he responded, "but certainly with just a little bit
The general's new command does come with considerable
responsibility. Guard members are seeing frequent deployments to
theaters of war, as well as service in natural disasters around
the country. And just after Christmas, some Gillette, Wyo. Guard
members left for training prior to an unspecified pending
deployment. Oedekoven is well prepared: The title of his Ph.D.
dissertation was "Domestic Considerations in Force-shaping the
Wyoming National Guard."
And Fortunately for his new command, leadership, whether learned
or innate, is one of Oedekoven's gifts. Cliff Knesel, a
long-time associate and a partner in the Peregrine Institute,
spoke very highly of his abilities: "I'm familiar with good
leadership, I'm familiar with poor leadership, and I'm familiar
with great leadership," Knesel said. "We're talking greatness
"Life-long learning is one of my passions," Oedekoven says. And
his academic record certainly bears this out. He earned his
Ph.D. in Business Administration at Northcentral University,
where he was awarded a doctorate in 2003. He also has an M.B.A.
in Business Administration from NCU, a Master of Science in
Zoology & Physiology from the University of Wyoming, and
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Science/Biology from
South Dakota State University. The freshly minted general is
also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff
College and of the U.S. Army War College.
"My association with NCU allows me to continue my involvement
with learners and faculty committed to higher education,"
Oedekoven says. " My enthusiasm for learner success stems in
part from my own experiences in on-line education." This
enthusiasm makes him a fine ambassador for the university--and
an outstanding teacher.
"I enjoy the opportunities and challenges that distance
education offers and the regular interaction with learners from
a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Mutually beneficial
learning is my goal with Northcentral."
Professor Oedekoven has been a Faculty Mentor at Northcentral
University since April, 2004, teaching courses mostly at the
graduate level in the areas of his primary interests. These
courses include Management, Public Administration, Computer
Information Systems and Human Resources, as well the
Comprehensive Exam and the Dissertation courses.
In addition to his teaching duties, within NCU's School of
Business and Technology Management, Oedekoven is "Lead Faculty"
in the Management specialization. This means he participates in
the development of course curricula and syllabi, as well as
serving on dissertation committees. His contribution to NCU, and
to its students, is difficult to overstate.
Remarkably enough, Oedekoven still manages to find a little
spare time. "My wife Laurel and I enjoy a variety of outdoor
recreational interests," he says, including, " hunting,
operating our family cattle ranch, travel, and many other
outdoor adventures." Which is good to hear; even a
general/professor/businessman deserves a day off now and then.
Northcentral University, where Dr. Oedekoven teaches, was
founded in 1996 and headquartered in Prescott, Arizona USA.
Northcentral University ( www.ncu.edu ) is a private, for-profit
100% online institution serving adult learners worldwide.
Learners seeking higher education from a premier university
experience the convenience of 100% online distance learning and
NCU's flexible term format designed to meet the needs of busy
professionals. NCU focuses on customizing academic programs to
each Learner's personal and professional interests, and NCU
Faculty Mentors provide one-to-one guidance to ensure academic
success. NCU offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
in schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, and
Psychology and is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and