The Vice Provost of Academic Affairs is responsible for academic governance, defined as the orchestration of effort among those elements within an educational institution whose principal functions involve execution or direct support of instruction, curriculum design, maintenance of academic standards, or academic research so as to ensure fulfillment of the academic mission. The VPAA is the lead for Academic Rigor and (More Respect/Prestige) and serves as co-chair, with the Dean of the Army War College, of the Army Learning Coordination Council, Council of Colonels. The council co-chairs synchronize education activities across the Army and vet education initiatives for presentation to the Army Learning Coordination Council General Officer Steering Committee.
Colonel Kenneth A. Hawley was commissioned after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1990. Following his commissioning and completion of the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, He was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a scout platoon leader and in various other staff assignments at the battalion and brigade levels.
Hawley was then assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a flight operations officer and troop commander in 1st Battalion-10th Cavalry Regiment and plans officer for 4th Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. He was subsequently assigned to 6th Cavalry Brigade in the Republic of Korea as the Brigade’s Plans and Exercises Chief. He completed that tour and assumed duties as a Cavalry Troop and Attack Aviation Company Trainer and Senior Aviation Tactical Analyst at the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.
Following completion of Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as 2nd Battalion-17th Cavalry Regiment’s Operations Officer and Executive officer and the 101st Aviation Brigade’s Operations Officer in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Hawley was then assigned as a Land Operations Planner for the Standing Joint Force Headquarters at the United States Pacific Command. After completing his joint tour, he assumed command of, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment in the 25th Infantry Division. Following command, Hawley was assigned as the 25th Infantry Division Operations Officer (Rear).
Hawley then attended the Naval War College as both a student and military professor. Following the War College, he served as the commander, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. His most recent assignment was as the U.S. Army Forces Command G3/5/7 Aviation Director. He now serves at the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.