The Honorable Christopher Croft, Col., U.S. Army, Retired is currently a Kansas State Representative. In February 2018, he retired from the U.S. Army. He has 30 years of experience in leadership, leader development and talent management. He holds a M.A. in Advanced Military and Operational Studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Kansas and, most recently, was the Executive Director of the Center for Army Leadership and Talent Management.
Croft, a Florida native, began his military career as a student at the University of Central Florida where he gratudated and was commissioned from the ROTC program. He lead at all levels of the U.S. Army. He has served as Chief of Plans for for the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), responsible for developing the plan for invading Iraq through Turkey to fix division in Northern Iraq to support the President Bush’s campaign plan. Following his assignment at the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Col. Croft served as a Fellow with the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) in Washington, D.C. Through a competitive process, he was selected to serve the President. He was also selected for Battalion Command at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While in comment, he supported the redeployment and integration of Soldiers with their families and the community of Fort Campbell. He prepared his battalion for deployment to Iraq. Col. Croft’s headquarters led a team of highly professional Soldiers in support of the Nation’s mission in Iraq. Following his time in Iraq, Col, Croft served in several executive positions to support the mission of the U.S. Army. In 2012-2013, Col. Croft served as an Army War College Fellow at Columbia University, Manhattan, New York. Based on his studies and research, Col. Croft was selected as the Executive Director, Center for Army Leadership (CAL) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the longest serving Director of the Army’s Leadership Center. During his tenure, the team developed the first and only Leadership Development doctrine and implemented many other initiatives. The CAL team led the effort to ensure that Army leaders where self-aware and were leading their teams in an efficient and effective manner.
A WORD OF INSPIRATION FROM THE PRESIDENT
As I retired from the Army, I was looking for a way to continue to serve the Nation. I decided to run for office in Kansas. I was fortunate to win the election. I also was selected to serve as the President and CEO of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. I am so dedicated to both opportunities. I’m proud to have been chosen to lead such a unique graduate school and am excited at the opportunity to grow talent national security leaders. I hope I am able to serve the citizens of Kansas and the Nation. The U.S. needs strong national security leaders now more than ever. Here at DMGS we take pride that our graduates are prepared to thrive in the uncertain security environment. Our prestigious faculty and staff teach, mentor and guide our students to securing very highly sought after positions in national security. Through our deliberate, personalized, career-focused education, training, and experiences we develop leaders ready to for action.