President Barack Obama picked a former corporate CEO to lead the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. But Robert McDonald may have never received this nomination if it wasn't for a partnership between the military and the University of Utah in the 1970s.
After studying engineering at West Point, McDonald thought he would continue his studies while in the Army. The only program that fit with his schedule was a business degree offered through the U., which relied on the Air Force flying in professors for weekend classes.
He recalls taking his books into the jungles of Panama, studying business theory at night huddled under a poncho with a flashlight in one hand. His wife, Diane, would type up his handwritten work.