James C. Coroy
Master of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership specialization, 2012
“I am able to apply the material learned in my studies during my professional duties each and every day.”
Command Sergeant Major James C. Coroy, a native of Gonzales, LA who currently resides on Fort Benning, GA with his wife Angela, first entered the Army in July 1985. Since then, he has served in a variety of enlisted positions and earned countless awards and decorations. He has been on seven combat deployments, all in leadership or primary staff positions.
This sort of success would be sufficient for many people, but James is the type to constantly remain on the lookout for new ways to challenge and test himself. “My organization is undergoing a major restructuring during these times of fiscal instability,” he says. “I knew that by furthering my education, I could use it as a means of learning innovative and creative theories adaptable to real life situations. I also knew that having multiple degrees would help me lead and advise my superiors through this time of uncertainty.”
James received his Associate’s degree from Central Texas College in 1993 and his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Development from Southwestern College in 2009. Most recently, he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University at the age of 46.
Like many other students with full-time careers, James opted to enroll in one of the online programs offered through Ashford. He believes the online platform, combined with the technology and assistance Ashford provides, contributed largely to his success as a student. “The challenging aspect of the online format is the individual discipline needed to excel and complete course work,” he says. This discipline helped earn him a spot in the Golden Key International Honour Society. Most recently, he wrote an article, “Daily Dilemmas Offer Ethical Opportunities for Soldiers,” that was published in Fort Benning’s newspaper, The Bayonet.
In the future, James plans on pursuing his doctoral studies so he can continue to contribute in a greater capacity and be a better senior leader, mentor, writer, and ultimately one day, a teacher. “I hope to inspire my subordinates and show them how education plus experience can help them fulfill their potential and keep them competitive in an evolving field,” he says. “I am able to apply the material learned in my studies during my professional duties each and every day, especially in regards to leading an organization through change.”