Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz: Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 2022
Although not officially known as Veterans Day until 1954, November
11th was originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, to honor the
end of World War I. The historical significance of the date – the
eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – provides an
extraordinary backdrop to honor and celebrate all American veterans.
This Veterans Day, to pay tribute to all the men and women in uniform, past and present, the Hauenstein Center, Grand Valley State University’s Office of the President, and Grand Valley State University’s Peter Secchia Military and Veteran Resource Center are proud to welcome Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, author of Breaking Ice & Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters.
“Adm. Stosz was excellent”
Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz - Biography
Admiral Sandy Stosz started out in the US Coast Guard as an ensign serving on polar icebreakers, conducting national security missions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Her forty-year career is filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a US armed forces service academy. Along the way, Sandy served for 12 years at sea, commanding two ships, and led large Coast Guard organizations during times of crisis and complexity. She finished her career as the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, directing one of the Coast Guard’s largest enterprises. She has lectured widely on leadership, and has been featured on CSPAN and other media outlets. In 2012, Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast” named Sandy to their list of 150 Women who Shake the World. She volunteers in leadership roles for several organizations and runs Sandra Stosz, LLC. Sandy enjoys hiking, swimming, birdwatching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family.