New president of Vitae Society named

Lt. Col. Patrick Castle is assuming the position as president of Vitae Society from Carl Landwehr, current president and founder of the society.

The transition in leadership will begin in June, with Landwehr continuing to work in the areas of development and national expansion for Vitae Society.

Castle is a medical support squadron commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993 with a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry. In 1994, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a master's degree in analytical chemistry.

Castle served as a bioenvironmental engineer at McClellan AFB and was a chemistry instructor at the Air Force Academy. He served in support of Operation Northern Watch and Enduring Freedom and received a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Castle served at the Air Force Academy as deputy director of faculty development and deputy head of academics. He earned the rank of associate professor with national award-winning research publications and was competitively selected for the National Defense University's inter-agency program for emerging leaders with weapons of mass destruction.