Dr. Wade Shol earned the Ph.D. in Politics, with a National Security focus, from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He holds the Master of Arts in International Studies from The Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. Dr. Shol earned both an Associates (1985) and Bachelors (1992) from the University of the State of New York, while serving on active military service. Following 12 years of combined U.S. Marine Corps and Navy service, Dr. Shol was honorably separated at the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Military duty stations included the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Infantry Division (1981); the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1982-1987); and Naval Support Force, Antarctica, 33rd Winter-Over Detachment (1987-1988). Following a temporary duty assignment to New Zealand, Dr. Shol then spent his last three years of service as an instructor at the Pacific Fleet Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School, Coronado, California. Military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal; two Navy Achievement Medals; Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, Letter of Commendation; Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS); and Master Training Specialist (SERE) designation.
Dr. Shol is a recipient of the Sarah Scaife Foundation Fellowship Award (1998), and is a permanent member of the faculty at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. Additionally, he currently teaches courses as an adjunct at Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas, and previously taught at San Jacinto College in Houston. Dr. Shol served as a professor of government, chair of government, and director of admissions for Yorktown University from 2004-2014. He provides course instruction and curriculum development as a consultant to the Charles Koch Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.