ARLINGTON, VA — January 11, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) announces the selection of Andrew W. Jenkins as its Transformation Specialist for schools in Korea.
Jenkins, currently the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison, was chosen in a competitive selection process for the position. As the transformation expert, Jenkins will interact and coordinate with U.S. military and Korean officials to analyze and plan for the expansion of DoDEA’s education operations on the Korean peninsula to accommodate an increase in command-sponsored tours for military personnel assigned to the area.
Charlie Toth, DoDEA’s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, cited Jenkins’ military experience in strategic planning and infrastructure development as being critical to planning for the increase in schools and students expected in the coming years in Korea.
“Andrew’s military assignments in Korea and his experience in strategic planning, capital construction, and infrastructure development will be critical to DoDEA’s mission in Korea,” said Toth. “The planned transformation of U.S. Forces in Korea could potentially increase DoDEA’s student enrollment presently from 4,300 students enrolled in nine schools in five military communities to 20,000 students in 20-22 schools in those five military communities by the year 2020.”
In his present position at Western State College of Colorado, Jenkins leads a staff that supports the administrative activities of the college; plans and manages all construction projects, develops and executes a budget, and interacts with various local, state, and national officials on behalf of the college.
Jenkins is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. His past military assignments include: Director of Operations, Combined Media Processing Center-Doha; Deputy Office Chief and Division Chief, Joint Intelligence Analysis Office, Defense Intelligence Agency; Deputy Director, Inter-Agency Affairs for U.S. Southern Command; Army Attache, Caracas, Venezuela; Operations Officer, Joint Task Force Bravo, Honduras; and Battery Commander, A Battery, 38th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea.
Jenkins expressed his eagerness to return to Korea, this time, in support of DoDEA schools.
“I am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to return to Department of Defense and serve with DoDEA on the Korean peninsula. My wife and I were both assigned to Korea in the mid-1990’s and we are very excited to get back to this part of the world,” he said.
Jenkins is a graduate from the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies and International Affairs. His military education includes completion of the Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College, the Argentine Command and Staff Course, and the Joint Military Attache Course. His military awards and decorations include the Military Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Jenkins and his wife Elizabeth, who taught in DoDEA schools in Korea, have two daughters. He will assume his new duties within the coming weeks and be assigned to DoDEA Operations in South Korea.
DoDEA directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.