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Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke is first speaker in the Brigadier General Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd Lecture Series

Preceding the inaugural lecture in the Brigadier General Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd Lecture Series, President Hendrix presented a plaque to Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke (c.). Dr. Tom Segar (r.), vice president for student affairs, is coordinating the new lecture series.

President Mary J.C. Hendrix developed a new lecture series to honor the memory of Brigadier General Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd, a Shepherd alumnus, and to educate the campus and community about the personal experiences of our country’s military leaders. The first lecture took place Tuesday, April 11 and was preceded by a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Shepherd University Veterans Center on the main floor of Gardiner Hall.

The lecture speaker was Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, deputy director for strategic initiatives for strategic plans and policy, joint staff, the Pentagon. Vollmecke is also the former assistant adjutant general-air, West Virginia National Guard, and former commander of the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. Vollmecke talked about his military service and shared stories about his former friend and colleague, Speedy Lloyd.

Those who would like to contribute to the lecture series can donate online at