As he embarks on a new career at the Pentagon, Bowie State University’s former leader of Army ROTC, Lieutenant Colonel Thurinton Harvell, passes the torch to Major Timothy Blackwell. “I would like to express my gratitude to my BSU family for the many opportunities they have given me over the past 3 years,” LTC Harvell said in a statement. “I wish Bowie State University godspeed and I pray the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.”

Major Blackwell has served at a variety of assignments and duty stations— statewide as well as Germany. Recently redeployed from Iraq, his experience has taken him on various humanitarian missions, to include Cuba and the Balkans, along with several combat tours to the Middle East.

“I am proud to be a part of the Bowie State family and the Bulldog Battalion,” said Major Blackwell in a press release. “LTC Harvell has done an outstanding job and I definitely have some big boots to fill. I am committed to ensuring that the BSU ROTC program is an example for other programs to follow and highlights the positive aspects of serving our great country.”

Along with his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Cameron University, Blackwell earned a master’s in management from Webster University. He is married with two daughters and comes to Bowie State from Fort Riley, Kansas. He and his family reside in Crofton, Md.