The Academy's planning for the 2017-2018 school year is kicked into high gear with the presence of a new academic leader on campus. Rick Geraci's first official day in the dean's office is July 10.
According to MMA President Tony McGeorge, General Geraci was selected due to his “commitment to lifelong learning and his team building, teaching, coaching, and mentoring skills.” McGeorge describes Geraci’s leadership style as “inclusive and collaborative,” placing value on input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders of various cultural backgrounds, professions, experiences, and education.
General Geraci’s vast array of qualifications led MMA to combine the duties and responsibilities of the current dean position with an additional charge to serve as MMA’s manager of the strategic planning process.
He will be joined by his wife Kathy. They have four adult children: Kristen (deceased), Nathan, Jefferey and Ryan and six grandchildren.
Qualifications: General Geraci offers a comprehensive background in educational leadership, strategic planning, resource management, fundraising, program evaluation and school accreditation. He is currently the president of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System and principal of Immaculata Catholic School. Prior to leading the Catholic school system in Leavenworth, Kansas, he was commandant of cadets and dean of students at New Mexico Military Institute for over ten years. He holds four Master’s degrees in a diverse array of subject areas, including education and management.
General Geraci retired from the Army with over 29 years of active Federal service. His awards include two Army Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Medal. In 2005, he was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame.
Master of Education, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College, Newport, RI
Master of Science, Systems Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Master of Arts, Management, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Science, Management (Summa Cum Laude), Park University, Parkville, MO
Associate of Arts, General Studies, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM
Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Development:
Kansas Professional License, Building and District Leadership PRK-12
New Mexico Level Three-B, PRE K-12, Administrative License (School Personnel)
AdvancED Qualified Lead Evaluator, North Central Association on Accreditation/School Improvement
US Army Command and General Staff Officers Course, Fort Leavenworth, KS
Leadership Fellow, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Capstone General Officer and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Washington, DC