2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

University of North Dakota (1968)

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dennis J. Elbert was born on December 10, 1946, in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

He attended the University of North Dakota (UND) where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Army ROTC program. He received his commission into the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968.

During his Army career, Elbert served in both Cambodia and Vietnam. His most prominent position was as the Assistant Commandant for USAR School in North Dakota.

Elbert retired from the Army Reserve in 1996 after 28 years of service. His awards and accolades include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal.

Following his retirement, Elbert was appointed Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) at the University of North Dakota in July of 1997. He stayed in this position through May of 2014.

As a UND faculty member, he served as a Professor of Marketing and as Director of the Small Business Institute (SBI) for many years, in which he worked with over 20 businesses annually. He continues to be involved in university and community service, consulting, research and seminar work. He is a strong community contributor serving or having served on several Boards of Directors including Altru Health Systems, United Health Resources, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Northern Lights Executive Council BSA, WPS – Military & Veterans Health Council, and United Way. He also served on the prestigious international Beta Gamma Sigma Board which is recognized as the highest honor in business education. As Dean Emeritus, he taught graduate courses in leadership and board governance during a phased retirement, fully retiring in May 2017.

As the Dean of CoBPA, Elbert oversaw both UND Army and Air Force ROTC programs, recognizing the importance of these leader development programs and how they complemented CoBPA. He was a strong advocate for the resourcing of the ROTC programs and provided consistent leadership during his 17 years as the Dean.

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

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