Military & Veteran News
Current Students, Faculty & Alumni in the News
- Humble and proud: Research hits home with W&M student veteransFoster recognized for being an advocate and resource for student veterans
by Nathan Warters | November 3, 2022
During a faculty-led research trip, shared experiences helped William & Mary student veterans connect with soldiers in the Republic of Georgia.
- Foster recognized for being an advocate and resource for student veterans
by Nathan Warters | October 12, 2022
Office of Student Veteran Engagement Director Charlie Foster has been selected for the 2022 Veteran Champions of the Year in Higher Education list.
- W&M remains top public university for alumni giving in U.S. News rankings
by Erin Zagursky | September 12, 2022
William & Mary continues to have the highest alumni giving rate of any public university and moved up among the top 10 institutions for undergraduate teaching, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report today. At 21%, William & Mary has the highest alumni giving rate of any national public university and is tied at 18th among all national universities, according to the “2022-2023 Best Colleges” report. Additionally, the university is seventh in the nation (tied) for undergraduate teaching and is tied at 21st among best schools for veterans.
Kord Basnight ’85, M.Ed. ’23 and Haley Padgett M.Ed. ’23 selected as 2022 Tillman Scholars
by Julie Tucker, W&M School of Education | August 15, 2022
Two students in William & Mary’s Online M.Ed. in Counseling program have been selected by the Tillman Foundation as 2022 Tillman Scholars. The prestigious scholarship, founded by the family of Pat Tillman, annually recognizes military service members, veterans and spouses who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to service, scholarship, humble leadership and impact.
- William & Mary’s grad and professional programs counted among nation’s best: University’s MBA programs, Law School make significant strides in U.S. News rankings
Both the university overall and W&M Law School earned gold-medal ratings in the 2022-2023 list of Military Friendly Schools, published by G.I. Jobs magazine. The gold status is the highest designation and is presented based on leading practices, outcomes and effective programs, according to the magazine.
- W&M’s Global Research Institute receives $1.9M to tackle pressing challenges around the world The Carnegie Corporation’s support will ensure the continuation of GRI’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity, which recently brought two post-doctoral fellows to William & Mary. The program creates a pipeline for scholars from underrepresented groups, such as women and first-generation students, international scholars, racial minorities, military veterans and scholars with disabilities to advance in the field of international relations. These fellows, in turn, serve as mentors for William & Mary students from underrepresented groups from across multiple fields who might not otherwise get an opportunity to engage in a mentored research experience.
- Business School Dean Larry Pulley ’74 to retire in 2022
Under Pulley’s leadership, the business school also increased its outreach to veterans, creating a new Center for Military Transition as part of the university’s Veteran-to-Executive Transition (VET) initiative and launching a “Flourishing in Life Transitions” certificate program. Additionally, the business school partnered with the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command to create the Major General James Wright MBA Fellowship for active-duty military members.
- Marine, firefighter, doctor: W&M grad follows unconventional path
April 26, 2021|
It’s OK to find your way as you go, and most importantly to decide what’s right for you in your own time, according to Evan Kikla ’21. Kikla will graduate from William & Mary on May 23 as part of Commencement weekend. His journey to his degree was circuitous, unlikely and entirely his own.
- Law School Dean Benjamin Spencer & the U.S. Army Reserve: Striving for Excellence
Pursuing excellence has always been the goal of Capt. Benjamin Spencer, an appellate attorney for the U.S. Army Reserve. Through his pursuit he has become the first African-American dean for the law law at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Throughout his life he has striven to do his best in whatever he does, from raising his children and loving his wife to serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. Spencer tells his story on how this pursuit has shaped his life.
- W&M Online Business Programs Climb in U.S.. News & World Report Rankings
The U.S. News & World Report has ranked W&M's online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and online Masters of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) programs at 32nd and 28th respectively for student veteran experiences and outcomes.
- W&M Launches 'Flourishing in Life Transitions' Certificate for Veterans & Intelligence Members
The 'Flourishiing in Life Transitions' certificate can be obtained by veterans & intelligence members after completing a two-week program designed to hone the skills needed to flourish in their civilian careers.
- W&M Alumni Coordinate Vaccine Distribution Operation Warp Speed
W&M Alumni and military service members, Maj. George M. "Chip" V '02 & Maj. Lance Barlowe '06, prove intergral to Operation Warp Speed, a D.C. based mission to swiftly distribute over 300 million vaccines throughout the nation.
- Merkl Will Use Experience to Help Veterans at W&M Transition to Civilian Life
W&M has hired Bob Merkl, retired U.S.. Army Lieutenant Colonel, as the special assistant for military and veteran affairs with William & Mary's Veteran-to-Executive Transition program.
- Moral Injury: It's not PTSD, but Some Combat Veterans Find it Just as Devastating
The National Institute of Health awarded Adrian Bravo '12, an assistant professor of Psychology at W&M, a grant to develop a mindfulness program that addresses the psychological symptoms of veterans with moral injury.
- What I Learned as a Student in Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic
Jamie Eisner, third year law student at W&M, shares her experience litigating a case at the Board of Veterans' Appeals for a disabled veteran who had waited over four years to receive a claim.
- Michael Dick '06 Returns to Serve and Teach Through the Veterans Benefits Clinic
Michael Dick, W&M Law School Alum and retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, returns to campus bringing his wealth of experience in veteran affairs to prepare our legal students at the Puller Clinic.
- W&M's Undergraduate Teaching Lauded by U.S.. News
The U.S.. News & World Report ranked W&M 18th (tied) as the best college for veterans.
- W&M Recognized for Continued Committment to Student Veteran Initiatives
William & Mary is hiring a special assistant for military and veteran affairs and forming an advisory board chaired by W&M Chancellor and former U.S.. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert M. Gates.
- W&M Announces $10 Million Gift to Establish Veteran-to-Executive Transition Program
Thanks to a $10 million gift from an anonymous alumna who serves as a trustee of the William & Mary Foundation, the university is developing a cutting-edge Veteran-to-Executive Transition program (W&M VET) that will prepare veterans to excel in civilian leadership roles.
- W&M Athletic Staff Were Shaped by Their Experiences in the Military
Three William & Mary staff members in the Athletic Department--Michael London Jr., Brendan Bourdage, and Aimee Clark--all credit their time in the military with preparing them for success in athletics with the Tribe.
- W&M Professor, Undergrad Co-author Paper on Deportation of Immigrant Military Veterans
Associate Professor of Sociology Deenesh Sohoni and Yosselin Turcios '20 researched non-citizen veterans who have been deported after committing crimes and co-authored a paper exploring the obstacles and difficulties surrounding their cases.
- Reinhardt Takes Unconventional Route to Commissioned Army Officer
Newly commissioned Army 2LT Jonna Reinhardt M.B.A.'20 describes his 10 years as an Army Ranger, his path to the William & Mary Mason School of Business, and now into the officer ranks. Congratulations to all the new commissioned officers and W&M grads!
- A. Benjamin Spencer Selected to Lead W&M Law School
A. Benjamin Spencer--a nationally renowned civil procedure and federal courts expert and current professor of law at UVA--will be W&M's first African-American dean of any school at the university. Spencer is an Army Reserve Captain serving in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.
- W&M Approaches Online Learning with Positivity and Ingenuity
OSVE's "virtual office hours" are just one example of the ways W&M is adapting to a spring semester during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Veterans Need More Mental Health Counselors, William & Mary will be the First to Train Them
William & Mary is the first university in Virginia to train counselors to work with military personnel, veterans, and military families.
- Fostering Veteran Inclusion
William & Mary's student newspaper, the Flat Hat, profiles Office of Student Veteran Engagement Director Charlie Foster, highlighting his own experiences as a student veteran.
- Serving Those Who Serve
Hunter Stackhouse '20 and OSVE Director Charlie Foster explain the importance of having a place on campus dedicated to serving military and veteran students.
- Unexpected Path Brings Army Vet to W&M
Chuck Williamson '21 describes his unconventional route to William & Mary, from Richmond, to the Army, across the world, and finally to Williamsburg and a government major.
- Saluting Service: William & Mary to Honor Veterans
William & Mary celebrates Veterans Day with events including a Wren Building bell ringing, a military and veteran breakfast, and ceremonies at the Mason School of Business, Law School, School of Education, and the Military Appreciation Football Game.
- Foster Selected to Lead New Office of Student Veteran Engagement
Charlie Foster has been selected as the first director of the new Office of Student Veteran Engagement at William & Mary. Foster, a Marine Corps veteran, is also 2017 graduate of the Higher Education Administration Master's degree program at the W&M School of Education.
- W&M School of Education Launches Military Counseling Program
The W&M School of Education has launched a Military Counseling Program, the first of its kind in Virginia. The program will train counselors to work with veterans and their families on issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, the emotional impacts of physical injury, long-term family separation and the transition from military to civilian life.
- Commencement Awards Honor Best Qualities of W&M
Graduating student veteran Corey York was recognized at Commencement and awarded the James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup for character, scholarship and leadership.
- Silent Stories
An Alumni Magazine feature highlights military and veteran programs at W&M--covering 244 years--through interviews with students, faculty, staff and alumni.
- W&M Grad Student Employs the Power of Story from the Military to the Classroom
W&M profiles Toni Gay as part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of co-education at the College, detailing her career in the Coast Guard, and her work now as a doctoral student in the Higher Education program.
- Student Voices - Corey York
Hear from podcast guest Corey York as he discusses his experience as a student veteran and how he's making the college experience easier for others transitioning from the military to higher education.
- Learning All Your Life at William & Mary
Jack Horner ’21 was featured in President Katherine Rowe's first annual report 'Moving Forward.'
- From Ships to Seminars
The Flat Hat continues its series about student veterans with this profile on Meg Roche '18 and how her service in the Navy prepared her for success at William & Mary.
Toni N. Gay, a Coast Guard veteran, said she used a lot of military skills, such as leadership and communication, during her study abroad trip to the Republic of Ireland with fellow William & Mary students.
The College of William & Mary's chapter of the Student Veterans Association and ROTC hosted military-exercises on the Sunken Garden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day.
- Providing Hope to Soldiers and Veterans
The Flat Hat continues its series about student veterans by speaking in depth with Jack Horner '21 about juggling his responsibilities, including attending W&M, managing a business, and fatherhood.
The Flat Hat continues its series about student veterans with this profile on Corey York '19 who explains the intricacies of transitioning from the military to the civilian world.
The Virginia Gazette features William & Mary student and Marine Corps veteran Philip Sheldon '20 and his path from military service to Williamsburg, VA.
- Alumnus Uses His Unique Experience to Help Fellow Veterans Transition to Teaching
Forbes names W&M alumnus among top 30 social entrepreneurs under 30
- Military policeman prepares to defend the public by learning civilian law at William & Mary
| November 10, 2016
Joshua Barnett J.D. ’19 has been a member of the Army National Guard since 2007 and was among U.S.. Army soldiers from the 114 Military Police Company deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2009 to assist in training Iraqi police forces. Barnett recently decided to trade in his helmet and uniform for the chance to earn his law degree at William & Mary.
From cockpit to think tank: W&M student veteran prepares to attain his doctorate
| November 14, 2016
Retired Air Force Col. Kurt Klingenberger, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is currently completing his doctorate in higher education at William & Mary's School of Education. He retired from the Air Force with nearly 30 years of service.