| Gary A. Wicks Lauretta Taylor Building, Room 231
Mr. Gary Wicks received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Biology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, NY in 1977, and Masters of Art degrees in International Affairs and Economics from Ohio University, in Athens, OH in 1987 and 1988, respectively.
Mr. Wicks works for the Department of Social Work as Fayetteville State University's Peace Corps recruiter and representative. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, from 1977 - 1979, where he worked as a wildlife biologist and national park planner in the Mont Sangbé National Park. Subsequently, Mr. Wicks had careers as a Surface Warfare Officer in U.S. Navy, 1980-2000 (active and reserve duty) and as a civilian, sub-Saharan Africa-focused, Psychological Operations (PSYOP) analyst for U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, 1988-2007. Mr. Wicks would like readers to understand that Peace Corps and military service are not mutually exclusive. Veterans serve in Peace Corps and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers serve in the military. They are both important instruments of U.S. foreign policy. While one operates exclusively at the peaceful end of the engagement continuum on a small scale, the other focuses primarily on the armed conflict end on a much larger scale.