The Army ROTC program is only as strong as it’s instructors. We provide suitable and highly qualified faculty and staff for Cadets in order to meet the program’s standards. See the kind of varied and interesting experiences instructors have had that make them the best ROTC faculty and staff.

Professor of Military Science / MSIV Instructor
Trevor S. Liverpool, Major, U. S. Army Reserve

MAJ Trevor Liverpool is a native of (British) Guyana, and hails from Clever, Missouri. He served as an enlisted Combat Medical Specialist before being selected for attendance at the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Northwestern State University of LA. He graduated in 2000 as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG), with a BS in Advertising Design and commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Military Police. He holds a Master of Science in Administration degree from Central Michigan University.

MAJ Liverpool’s key assignments include: Platoon Leader, 58th Military Police (MP) Company, Schofield Barracks, HI; Platoon Leader, 25th MP Company, Schofield Barracks, HI; Force Protection Officer, 45th Corps Support Group (F), Schofield Barracks, HI; Company Commander, B Co, 701st MP BN, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Brigade Operations Officer, 10th ROTC Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Operations Officer, Army Field Support Battalion, Kuwait, Contracting Officer’s Representative, Army Field Support Battalion, Kuwait, Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive Officer, The University of Arizona, Army ROTC and BDE Plans and Operations Officer, 300th MP BDE, USAR. He is a graduate of the MP Officer Basic Course, MP Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), USAR Logistics Course, the US Army Command and General Staff Officers’ Course, Fort Leavenworth, KS and the US Army Air Assault Course.

MAJ Liverpool’s awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/ 6OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/ 3OLC), National Defense Service Medal (w/ 2BSS), Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/ 1BSS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

MAJ Liverpool is married to the former Darla Maples who together parent two children, Jada (13) and Gideon (11).

MSII Instructor
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Mr. Terry Michaels

Terry P Michaels, a native of Ohio, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1986 and a Masters degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.  He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Following his commissioning through Army ROTC in 1986, he served in the active duty Army for 24 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. His service included duty with the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY; the 3rd Infantry Division, and 7th Army in the Federal Republic of Germany and Iraq; the 1st and 24th Infantry Divisions in Fort Riley, Kansas and the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq.  Mr. Michaels completed his active service as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College. Following his active service, he began teaching ROTC at the University of Mount Union and Kent State University, before returning to the University of Akron Army ROTC.

Mr. Michaels' military education includes the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army’s Professional Resource Management Course at Syracuse University. Mr. Michaels’ awards and decorations include; the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 3OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 3OLC, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Program Coordinator
Mr. Les Stroud Jr

mr stroudLes Stroud Jr. is a native of Hannibal, Missouri. He joined the USAF as a Security Policeman on 16 July 1987 at the age of 18. While in the USAF he served as a Security Specialist for Air Base Ground Defense Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV from 1987-1990. Also while stationed at Nellis he was deployed TDY as a SP in support of Operation Just Cause. While deployed in Panama he secured Ft. Clayton and Howard AFB, and assisted in the capture of Manuel Noriega and his associates. Prior to leaving the USAF active component he was deployed as a SP in support of Turkish Air Bases (Izmir and Balikesir AB) during Desert Storm/Shield from Sep 1990-Oct 1991. While at Balikesir he secured a large Turkish AFB from Iraqi resistance and possible terrorists, and assisted the Turkish Military in its efforts to keep Iraqi citizens safe and keeping unknown terrorists from coming in and out of Iraq.

From 1992-2000 he served in the United States Army National Guard as an Enlisted Military Policeman reaching the rank of SSG. While attending Kent St University he joined and completed the ROTC program; graduating top third in his class and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Army National Guard May 2002.

Upon MPOBC graduation Les was deployed to OIF 1 and 2 for 18 months as a Military Police Platoon Leader. While deployed he served as Army Customs OIC throughout Kuwait Zone of Operations; Balad, Iraq, Al Asad, Iraq & Baghdad, Iraq from Apr 2003-Apr 2004. He safely redeployed 80,000 soldiers from Theatre of Operations and was OIC for largest redeployment hub in the OIF Theatre at Camp Anaconda, Balad, Iraq. Then upon deployment extension he was Army Convoy Security OIC throughout all Iraq Zone Theatre of Operations from Apr-Sep 2004. During this period he completed 14 dangerous, but successful convoy supply missions, as primary OIC with no fatalities and ensured 100% security of personnel and delivery of supplies throughout Iraqi Theatre of Operations.

Upon return from OIF he served on active duty in the Ohio National Guard as the Ohio Military Funeral Honors Coordinator. Les has 30 years as an officer & enlisted soldier with 12 years being on active duty. Les is presently a Major in the Ohio National Guard and works in the J3 section at Joint Force Headquarters.

US Decorations/Badges: US Army Combat Action Badge, US Army Commendation Medal (2 Awards), US Army Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, US Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (1SOLC), SW Asia Service Medal with 3 BSS, National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards), Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, US Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device), US Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, USAF Longevity Award, USAF Training Ribbon, USAF Good Conduct Medal, USAF Meritorious Unit Award, USAF NCO PME Ribbon, USAF Overseas Service Ribbon, US Army Service Ribbon, US Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, GAFP Badge.

Les has been happily married to his wife Diane for 21 years. Together they have 4 children Makaila (21-UA Graphic Design Major), Kali (19-UA Education Major), Nate (16), & Ryan (14).


Captain Timothy S. Rober
Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Timothy S. Rober, originally from Dennison, OH, received his commission through the ROTC program at Bowling Green State University in 2006 and entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a focus on Language Arts from BGSU and a Master’s of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.

CPT Rober’s first duty assignment out of BOLC in 2007 was in the 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, TX, serving as the Launcher Platoon Leader. As a member of 2-43 ADA he deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar for a 15 month tour as a Tactical Control Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After graduating from the Captain Career Course, he was assigned to 69th ADA BDE at Fort Hood, TX where he attended the Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer (ADAFCO) Course and served in the Brigade Operations Cell.  CPT Rober joined 1-44 AMD BN during their deployment to Kuwait, where he took command of Delta Battery at Camp Buehring in April 2011. He commanded Delta Battery for 26 months until June 2013 then became an instructor and course manager for the Captain Career Course – educating and training future commanders and staff officers – at Fort Sill, OK. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Akron.

CPT Rober’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal x2, Army Commendation Medal x2, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War of Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon x2. CPT Rober is married to Suzie Rober of Sheffield Lake, OH. They have two daughters: Evangeline (4) and Emersen (3).


MSG Joshua Kelley
Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant (MSG) Joshua Kelley was born and raised in Evansville Indiana. He graduated from high school in 2003 and enlisted in the US Army. He attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in July of 2003. Upon graduation he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell Kentucky, were he served for 14 months, and included a rotation to West Point, New York where he helped teach the cadet summer training on Infantry tasks and tactics. Upon returning from West Pont, MSG Kelley was reassigned to the newly forming 4th Brigade Combat Team (4th BCT) that was later flagged as the historic 506th Infantry Brigade, 101st Airborne (Air Assault), where he served in 2nd Battalion. MSG Kelley held multiple positions in several companies to include: Rifleman, Squad Automatic Rifleman, Grenadier, Machine Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Reconnaissance Squad leader. MSG Kelley deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from 2005 to 2006 where he earned his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

MSG Kelley was selected as a recruiter and attended the US Army Recruiters Course at Fort Jackson in the fall of 2007. Upon completion of recruiting school MSG Kelley was assigned to the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion, with duty at the Highland Station. The Highland Station was re-zoned as part of the Chicago Recruiting Battalion where he served with honor for 36 months being inducted into the prestigious Order of the Sabre and the Recruiters Ring.

After completing his tour of duty as a recruiter in December of 2010 MSG Kelley was assigned as a Squad Leader to Battlehard Company, 3rd Battalion (Iron), 3rd Brigade (Rakkasan), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell Kentucky. During his time with the Iron Rakkasans MSG Kelley held multiple duty positions across three companies including: Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant, and was the Company First Sergeant for the historic Angel Company, 3-187 Infantry Brigade. MSG Kelley deployed three times with the Iron Rakkasans to Afghanistan where he took part in a diverse range of operations across the country.

MSG Kelley was reassigned in the fall of 2017 to the University of Akron as the Senior Military Instructor (SMI) in the Army ROTC department.

MSG Kelley’s military education includes: the Company Commanders and First Sergeants Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Pathfinder Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Combat Lifesavers Course, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TC3), Special Purpose Insertion/Extraction Fast Rope Instructor (SPIE/FRIS) Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course and Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course/University Senior Leaders Course.

MSG Kelley’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal five Oak Leaf Clusters (OLCs), Army Achievement Medal with one Silver OLC, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal with four knots, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Silver Star, Non- Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon with numeral 3, NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Recruiters Gold Badge with three Sapphire Stars, the Recruiters Ring and MSG Kelley is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice Award.

MSG Kelley has been married to Katy Kelley for 15 years and they have two children: Mikayla (age 14) and Hunter (age 8).

Krystel Harrell


Krystel Harrell was born in DeBilt, Netherlands, the daughter of a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, she served on active duty for the U.S. Army for 5 years. She joined via the OCS program as a Signal Officer. While serving, she deployed with the 176th Signal Company to Afghanistan. She was with the 1/25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Prior to her exit from the Army, she was the Assistant Brigade S6. 

Following active service, Ms. Harrell attended Webster University full-time in Fort Sill, Oklahoma to earn her Master’s in Business Administration followed by her Master’s in Information Technology Management, while working as a middle school math and science teacher.

Upon moving to Ohio in 2016, Ms. Harrell began working as a contracted ARMY ROTC instructor for Bowling Green State University in September. The following school year, she relocated to the University of Akron to teach the MSI class and assist with current operations and taskings.