Lieutenant Colonel Kelly D. Montgomery

Professor of Military Science

A Southern Illinois native, LTC Kelly D. Montgomery was commissioned in 2001 as a Military Intelligence Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the GEN George C. Marshal leadership award.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College with a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Prior to commissioning, LTC Montgomery enlisted in the US Army in 1994 as an Infantryman, serving in the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) until 1998.  Upon leaving active duty he transferred to the Illinois National Guard, serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Division.  Assignments as an Officer include various intelligence and leadership positions with the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, FT Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 1st and 3rd Brigades, 82nd Airborne Division, FT Bragg, NC; Joint Special Operations Command Intelligence Brigade, FT Bragg, NC; National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, VA; and Special Operations Command Central, Tampa, FL.  He has multiple combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

LTC Montgomery’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) and various other decorations.  His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Bronze German Parachutist Badge.

LTC Montgomery is married with two sons.

Office Phone: 434-924-6543

Major Kathryn L. Hillegass
Assistant Professor of Military Science

Major Kathryn Hillegass was commissioned in 2007 as a Military Intelligence Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point where she majored in Arabic and French. She holds a Masters of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in international security. She is a graduate of the Brazilian Army’s Command and General Staff College in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Prior to her assignment as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Virginia, MAJ Hillegass served as an exchange officer in Brazil. Additionally, MAJ Hillegass served as a fellow on the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, a planner for the 470th theater intelligence brigade, a Special Agent in Charge and Company Commander in the 902d Military Intelligence Group, and an S2 in the 25th ID where she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.MAJ Hillegass’ awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Brazilian Pacificador (Peacekeeper) Medal and various other decorations to include the Parachutist
Phone: 434-243-2486

Captain Maegan Bell
Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Maegan Bell received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies in 2005 and her Masters of Arts in Public Communications in 2007 from Fordham University. She enlisted in the Army in 2010 and received her Commission as an Ordnance Officer in 2011 from Officer Candidate School.
Upon commissioning, Captain Bell took an assignment to 3 rd Infantry Division where she served as a Platoon Leader and Maintenance Control Officer for Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 1 st Armored Brigade Combat Team. During her tenure, Captain Bell deployed to Afghanistan serving as the Female Engagement Team OIC in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Bell rejoined 3rd BSB where she served as Bravo Company’s Executive Officer and later as the Support Operations Maintenance Officer.
Following Logistics Captains Career Course, Captain Bell joined 1 st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1 st Infantry Division as the Deputy S4 and later deployed to Afghanistan assuming dual roles as the Brigade S4 and SPO in support of Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Coming off of deployment, Captain Bell served as a Forward Support Company Commander for Echo Company, 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion where she directed all ground logistical operations that supported the unit’s 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters.
Captain Bell’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and NATO Non-Article 5 Medal with two campaign stars.
Captain Bell is married with one son. She enjoys time exploring her surrounding community while being active with her family and their two dogs.
Office Phone: (434) 924-1300

Susan Kellett-Forsyth
Recruiting Operations Officer

Phone: (434) 924-7101



MSG William Clancy
Military Science Instructor

MSG William Clancy was raised in South Carolina and enlisted in the Army in June of 1996 as an Infantry Soldier.  He attended basic training at Fort Benning Georgia. Upon graduation he attended and passed US  Army Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) and was assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah Georgia.MSG Clancy was stationed with 1st Ranger Battalion from November 1996 through August of 2000.  While with Rangers MSG Clancy earned the Ranger Tab and Expert Infantryman’s Badge and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. It was a personal goal of his to attend college.  MSG Clancy ETS’d from active duty and enrolled at Penn State University.After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in September of 2001, MSG Clancy felt compelled to rejoin the active Army and in January of 2003 MSG Clancy was assigned to Fort Campbell KY.  He tried out for and was selected for duty with the 101ST Pathfinder Company.  MSG Clancy completed two deployments with the Pathfinders.  He participated in the 2003 initial invasion into Iraq and deployed again to Iraq in 2005. While with the Pathfinder Company MSG Clancy earned the Air Assault School badge and the Pathfinder badge.

In 2007 MSG Clancy was assigned to be a Ranger Instructor at Eglin Airforce Base in Eglin Florida with 6th Ranger Training Battalion, the swamp phase of Ranger School. MSG Clancy was an instructor with the Rangers for three years.  While stationed with 6th Ranger Training Battalion MSG Clancy completed the US Army Jumpmaster course.

In August of 2010 MSG Clancy was then reassigned to 3rd BDE 1-505 Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg North Carolina.  In the 82nd ABN DIV MSG Clancy held the positions of Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant and he participated in two deployments. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan and in 2015 he deployed to Baghdad Iraq.

MSG Clancy arrived to the US Army ROTC department at the University of Virginia in January of 2016 and he is the Senior Military Instructor.

MSG Clancy awards include twice being awarded the Bronze Star, three times being awarded the Meritorious Service medal and twice being awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.

Phone: 434-924-7102

Tracy Argabright
Human Resources Administrator

Phone: (434) 924-1341