Mercer tapped to lead revived N.C. Wesleyan ROTC program


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. James A. Mercer


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

N.C. Wesleyan College recently announced plans to revive its Reserve Officer Training Corps program under the leadership of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. James A. Mercer.

Army ROTC was established on campus in 2003 as one of three partner institutions under St. Augustine’s University.

ROTC is widely recognized as one of the best leadership programs in the country, as participants are taught through classes and field training how to lead others, motivate groups, resolve conflicts and how to become officers in the U.S. Army.

“The decision to revitalize our ROTC program was prompted by interest expressed by our existing students and high school prospects,” said Wesleyan President Dewey Clark. “Our students will be able to benefit from numerous scholarship opportunities, top-notch leadership training and a wide array of career opportunities.”

A 25-year highly decorated Army veteran and public safety professional, Mercer was assigned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003 where he served as a FEMA regional operations officer. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in May 2014. Most recently, Mercer served as Senior Army Instructor and department head for Wallace-Rose Hill High School’s Junior ROTC program.

“As a native of Rocky Mount, I am excited to return home and I look forward to sharing my military experience with these young men and women,” Mercer said. “It is an honor to train, mentor and groom cadets from college students to future officers of the active duty Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.”

Mercer earned an associate degree from Nash Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He served as director of emergency management services for the city of Raleigh for 25 years and retired from the post in 2011. He and his wife, Delois, live in Nashville.