Following a nationwide search to fill the position, Missouri Military Academy has named Lt. Col. Stephen Campbell, USMC (Ret.) as its new deputy commandant for operations. Campbell began his duties at the private military school for boys on May 25.
“LtCol Campbell brings a wealth of leadership, training, planning and operational experience,” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “A proven leader, he is an outstanding role model for our cadets and is a welcomed addition to our Academy family.”
In this role, Campbell will be responsible for direct day-to-day corps of cadet operations which include, but are not limited to, cadet life, cadet leadership development, cadet physical readiness, discipline, and cadet success. Responsible for ensuring effective coordination of campus wide activities involving the corps, staff, faculty and coaches, Campbell will also assume the role of commandant in the commandant’s absence.
A retired Marine officer, Campbell brings 24 years’ experience in leadership to the Academy. He is a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His service decorations include the Bronze Star with one gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has also served in Plans, Policies & Operations in Headquarters Marine Corps at the Pentagon and has taught the Army’s premier Maneuver Captains Career Course and the Marine Corps’ Tactical Training and Educational Control Group.
A native of Oklahoma, Campbell received a Bachelor of Science in history from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a four-year letterman in wrestling. He has also attended The Basic School for Marine Corps officer training, the USMC’s Expeditionary Warfare School and the Command and Staff College at Marine Corps University, earning a master’s degree in military studies.
He enjoys coaching little league sports and has coached middle school and club wrestling, as well as the men’s wrestling team at Twentynine Palms, California. Campbell and his wife, Danielle, have six children.