(USA, Retired, Ohio State University)
Leadership, history, staff rides, innovation, diversity & inclusion
Ty is Professor Emeritus of History and former head of the Department of History at West Point. After serving 36 years in the U.S. Army, he retired as a Brigadier General. In 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appointed Ty as one of the eight members of the National Commission on Confederate Designation. Ty is the inaugural Joshua Chamberlain Fellow and Visiting Professor of History at Hamilton College in Clinton NY. He also serves as a Presidential Advisor to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and is a New America Fellow.
During his long army career, Ty served in command and staff positions in the United States, Italy, Germany, the Balkans, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. During the Cold War, he was a tank platoon leader in Germany. He commanded a cavalry troop in the 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War, leading the division into Iraq. As a staff officer, he served as a crisis planner for NATO in Kosovo and Macedonia. He also commanded 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment.
A leader in digital and public history, he partnered with Apple, Google, Seagate, and Rowan Technology to create digital history initiatives including virtual and augmented reality apps, an oral history website, and Massive Open Online Courses. His short video, "Was the Civil War About Slavery" has 34 million views on social media, making it the most watched history lecture – in history. He partnered with Nike and West Point's athletic director to create Army football uniforms for the Army Navy game that used history to inspire cadets and link West Point to the army and the nation. The uniforms won multiple national awards.
Ty's latest book is Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause. The Associated Press called the book, "An extraordinary and courageous book, a confessional of America's great sins of slavery and racial oppression, a call to confront our wrongs, reject our mythologized racist past and resolve to create a just future for all." He has written and edited six other books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on military history. He created and served as the senior co-editor for the award-winning West Point History of Warfare, the largest enhanced digital book in any field. Three of his books published by Simon and Schuster in the West Point History of Warfare series won the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. Ty has made multiple national TV appearances and written many OpEds national publications.
M.A. and Ph.D., History, The Ohio State University
B.A., History, Washington and Lee University