ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his State of the Union address this month, President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of higher education and called for American CEO's to hire more veterans. As a leader at Grantham University and now the president of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), Jeff Cropsey has been working towards the president's objectives.
Cropsey was named president of CCME in Anaheim, Calif. during the academic organization's annual symposium. In his new role, he will serve as a national academic spokesperson in this unique position as a leader of this academic organization and vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations at Grantham University, a 100 percent online university with a focus on educational programming for the military.
64 years ago, Grantham University [www.grantham.edu] was founded when World War II veteran Donald Grantham conceived the idea to provide returning servicemen and women a method to better their lives through higher education. That same idea is the cornerstone of CCME's objectives and aligns with the administration's goals of getting returning veterans back to work and promoting higher education.
"It has been an honor to serve on the board of CCME for the past six years, and I'm thrilled to be in the position of president at such a critical time in our history," said Cropsey. "Just as our country closes on its longest war in our history, we have more veterans returning to civilian life than ever before. Through the work of CCME and others, we can help provide the right education and policies to see that these returning service men and women are receiving high quality, relevant, accessible and affordable education."
CCME's mission is to promote and provide educational programs and services and to facilitate communication between the membership and the Department of Defense, the military and veterans' educational needs.
Cropsey has been the vice president for strategic initiatives with Grantham University since his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2010. Cropsey's career spanned more than 40 years of DoD service including positions in the Army, Air Force and Navy. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1969-72, leaving with the rank of Captain.
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