Professor to announce campaign for city council

Bill Gillespie
Bill Gillespie

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Armstrong professor Bill Gillespie will announce his campaign for Savannah City Council Alderman At-Large in Johnson Square on Monday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

More about Bill Gillespie from Campaign Manager Gunner Hall:

Bill Gillespie is a proud, "active" citizen of the City of Savannah, and he looks forward to listening to citizen, neighborhood and business issues, and serving as the Alderman for the At-Large Post #1.

Bill Gillespie served 23 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2007. In 2003, he served in Iraq as a Senior Logistician for the 3rd Infantry Division, earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge for the Division's historical "Thunder Run" from Kuwait to Baghdad.

He has held numerous executive level operations and leadership positions in the Army Corps of Engineers and Ordnance Corps. Other positions held in the military include: Inspector General, West Point professor, Operations Director of the Army Ordnance Center and School, Brigade Support Operations and Executive Officer, Division Material and Distribution Chief, and Chief of Staff of the 3rd Infantry Division Support Command Post. Bill has traveled extensively throughout 6 continents, and was stationed overseas in Kuwait, Korea and Germany. His additional military awards include the Legion of Merit, Five Meritorious Service Medals, Combat Action Badge, Order of the Samuel Sharpe Ordnance Corps Decoration of Career Achievement, Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, Master Instructor Award, and three NCAA Championships as coach of the U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Team.

"Bill has managed operational maintenance and supply budgets exceeding $60,000,000 dollars, while supporting equipment valued at over $ 1/2 billion. Additionally, Bill has led organizations of over 6,000 personnel. In "Operation Iraqi Freedom," he was instrumental in the successful deployment and redeployment of the Third Infantry Division from Ft. Stewart, to the Port of Savannah, then to Kuwait-Iraq and back. He is a proven leader and has lead Georgians – Savannahians in Combat."

Recently, Bill worked as southeast Georgia's Army ROTC Program Director, charged with supervising ROTC programs at Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, St. Leo University, and assisting with all of the region's Army Junior ROTC Programs. He currently teaches World Civilizations I & II, in the History Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Bill earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Environmental Science from Towson University, in Maryland, and a Masters in Military Arts and Science in Military History, at the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute, at the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Additionally, he finished two years of full-time study towards a Ph.D. in Cultural Geography and Migration Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Bill has taught classes on geography, urban studies, military history and leadership at West Point, Georgia Southern, Savannah State, Armstrong Atlantic State, and the University of Maryland. He is a certified U.S. Army Historian and Master Instructor (highest level). Bill is a published author on subjects such as Education, Geography, History, and Logistics.

Bill has been active in the Savannah community, with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Rotary, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Historic Savannah Foundation, Telfair Academy, Downtown Business Association, Small Business Chamber, and Working America. He is a member of the City of Savannah's Traffic Calming Committee, Georgia Southern Irish Studies Board, Irish Festival Committee, and Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association. He is also a graduate of the City of Savannah Citizen's Academy. Bill resides in Savannah's downtown with his wife – Carol, and their dog – Jasmine, and three cats — Max, Grey, and Angelina.

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