McBroom Named Director of Office of Military and Veterans Services

by News Bureau on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Jeremy McBroom

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2012 – Jeremy McBroom of Cape Girardeau has been named director of the newly created Office of Military and Veterans Services at Southeast Missouri State University.

McBroom will begin his new duties Oct. 22.

A seasoned veteran with 15 years of military service to his credit, McBroom joins Southeast as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, having most recently completed two years as battalion communications officer, earning two Meritorious Service Medals with the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Kuwait. He was responsible for managing more than 425 pieces of automated information system equipment across three locations – Kuwait, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan – allowing the battalion to complete its wartime mission of supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was stationed at Fort Hood for seven years, also serving as company commander and earning the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, battalion intelligence/electronic warfare officer and company executive officer. As company commander, he was responsible for leading 125 soldiers, and as battalion intelligence/electronic warfare officer, he participated in planning more than 1,800 logistics convoys in Iraq.

McBroom completed two years of officer training with the Tennessee Army National Guard in Ripley, Tenn. He also has been a gas turbine system technician with the U.S. Naval Reserve in Millington, Tenn., and the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va.

“I want military and veteran students, as well as their families, to know that Southeast’s faculty and staff are committed to their success. As a director of Military and Veterans Services, I will be their advocate and ombudsman, their ‘go to’ person that solves problems or provides any other assistance they may need,” McBroom said. “I am a combat veteran and a first-generation college graduate who understands the unique challenges our military men, women, and families face and will work tirelessly to ensure those challenges are addressed.”

McBroom said the Office of Military and Veterans Services will offer advising services to assist military and veteran students in navigating through the college experience from application to graduation.

“That includes everything from financial aid to finding a job,” he said. “I also plan to promote networking among students and the community through the Student Veterans Organization and other outlets.”

As the director of Military and Veterans Services at Southeast, McBroom will provide leadership in the development of recruitment and support programs for students who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces and for students who are currently serving in the military. He will be responsible for overseeing a University standing committee to coordinate services for these student populations and advising a veteran’s student organization.

“Jeremy has extensive experience in the military, serving in both the Navy and Army. He brings demonstrated success as a leader, and understands the needs of active and veteran military,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success. “The University values the service of active and veteran military to our country and the importance to many, as they return to civilian life, of pursuing higher education. The University has always been committed to providing support to certain groups of students, including minority students, commuter students, and non-traditional students, and the creation of the Veterans and Military Services unit is a continuation of this effort.”

The Office of Military and Veterans Services at Southeast will develop and maintain relationships with military service and veterans’ administration organizations, including recruiting stations, veterans’ affairs offices, VFW Posts, American Legion Posts and veterans commissions on behalf of the University. McBroom will develop and implement a plan to recruit military and veteran students, and help prospective and current students to understand, access and successfully complete the new student processes – admissions, financial aid, billing, veterans’ benefits and registration.

McBroom will represent the University at off-campus recruiting events, targeting military personnel and veterans, and will refer prospective and current students who are military personnel or veterans to the appropriate academic and support services. He also will maintain a website for the office and chair the University’s Veterans and Military Services Committee to coordinate University services for veterans and their dependents and spouses. The Office of Military and Veterans Services also will research and advocate for opportunities to implement veterans-friendly policies, procedures, processes, events and support services, advise a veteran’s student organization and host events and workshops for active-duty military and veterans. In addition, the office will assist in the research and development of grant applications and other external funding proposals related to veterans initiatives.

“Having an Office of Military and Veterans Services is very important to our campus and should be a part of every college campus,” McBroom said. “Military members past and present have dealt with extremely stressful situations and have made sacrifices for our nation that many citizens will never realize. This office was created to ensure that their service to our nation does not go without recognition. It will provide advice and support to military and veteran students with the goal of successful integration and retention in the academic setting.”

McBroom graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of professional studies with a major in organizational leadership from the University of Memphis. There, he was a distinguished military graduate and among the top 20 percent of the national cadet population in 2005. McBroom was named to the Dean’s List and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (lifetime member), was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and vice president of the Gamma Beta Phi Society (University of Memphis chapter).