The U.S. Army War College selected James G. Breckenridge as provost, effective this summer.

Breckenridge was selected by an executive search committee to serve as the chief academic officer. He will succeed retiring Brig. Gen. Lance Betros, who has served as provost since 2012.

Breckenridge is dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University, and executive director of the college’s research arm, the Institute for Intelligence Studies, both in Erie.

“I sought this position at the Army War College in order to contribute my leadership, knowledge and experience in American higher education to advancing the mission of producing our next generation of strategic leaders,” Breckenridge said in a news release. “The Army is where I began my career, and deeply influenced my development as a leader, citizen-soldier and teacher. I am profoundly honored by this appointment and look forward to interacting with the outstanding faculty and students at the Army War College.”

“I am extremely confident that he will help take the Army War College to the next level in leader and idea development, as well as our support to the wider Army and Joint Force,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, War College commandant.

Breckenridge served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1998 after assignments in Europe, the Middle East and United States, according to the War College.

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