October 17, 2017 – Last Thursday Bryan College had the distinct honor of being named a VETS Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The morning ceremony featured several speakers from both Bryan and the local community. Bryan College Coordinator for Military Recruitment Michael Kennedy emceed the event and gave an overview of the program before introducing the other speakers.
According to the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, “Passed into law in 2014, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act establishes a program of recognition for higher education institutions which allocate resources for veterans’ successful transition from military service to college enrollment. An institution receiving VETS Campus certification not only prioritizes outreach to veterans, but successfully delivers the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.” Twenty-two institutions of higher education in Tennessee have received the VETS Campus certification. Bryan is one of only four private schools in the state to earn this recognition.
Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen praised the United States military and reiterated the community’s support and pride for the armed forces. He expressed his gratitude “for what Bryan has done to bring this together.”
“We want to invest in and serve those who have served us,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay during the ceremony. “I’m so proud that Bryan College is going to be a part of a group of four private colleges in the state who have this certification.”
THEC Assistant Executive Director for Tennessee Higher Education Tom Morrison presented the framed approval letter and certificate – which officially designate Bryan College as an official VETS Campus – to Dr. Livesay, who accepted it on behalf of the college. Morrison said, “Congratulations to Bryan College for this wonderful recognition and designation. It shows the work that you’ve done and continue to do in supporting veterans.”
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Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.