Office of Military Affairs Established; Extended Campuses Realigned for Improved Student Service

| March 26, 2013

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce two developments designed to more effectively serve Webster’s military students across the network and students at Webster’s metropolitan and military base locations.

First, the Office of Military Affairs will be established to provide services to military students and military expertise to Webster’s administrative and academic units as well as the communities we serve. Second, extended campus locations will be realigned along military/metropolitan lines and will be grouped to create teams of directors working toward common goals.

Office of Military Affairs

To provide military expertise to Webster University and the communities we serve, the Office of Military Affairs will be officially established under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Mike Callan (USAF, Ret.), associate vice president for Military and Government Programs.

The need for leadership in military affairs and the establishment of an Office of Military Affairs were identified as key steps toward becoming an institution of first choice for the military in the strategic planning led by President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster in 2011-2012.

“Webster has developed and maintained a strong, positive and mutually beneficial relationship with our military branches and service members,” Stroble said. “With General Callan’s leadership of the OMA, we are poised to expand and strengthen connections to better serve our students, alumni, and country.”

“Creating the position of AVP for Military and Government Programs in Academic Affairs last year signaled our commitment to moving toward our goal of becoming first choice for the military,” said Schuster said. “The position, and the new Office of Military Affairs, will provide a hub for serving students, expertise for developing programs, and a resource on military issues for internal and external audiences.”

The Office of Military Affairs (OMA) will serve as a hub for military students and an important resource on military issues internally (for administrative and academic units at Webster) and externally. “Our military students – 4,100 active duty and over 6,500 in total – study across the Webster network, including online and at our international locations,” said Callan. “While their locations and programs vary, they have similar and military-specific needs for services and information. The Office of Military Affairs will enable students to access what they need with one call.”

Military and Metropolitan Campuses

The current extended campus locations will be organized into Military and Metropolitan groupings of campuses. Associate Vice President Mike Callan (Military), Associate Vice President Carol Adams (Metropolitan), Senior Director Karl Sterner and other members of Academic Affairs will provide leadership to focus on serving prospective and current students.

“Webster’s extended domestic campuses serve almost 60% of our 17,600 graduate students and almost 50% of our total student population of 23,000.” Schuster said. “With this realignment, we will be poised to increase attention to strategic issues of growing and solidifying enrollment through expanded programming while strengthening our commitment to academic and operational excellence.”

The new structure will include the development of team leaders for the Military and Metropolitan groupings. These team leaders will assist in providing oversight of enrollment management, personnel, and operations. Team leaders will participate in – and effectively implement and communicate – actions to improve and strengthen offerings.

Associate Vice President Randy Wright will assume responsibility for the leadership of the metropolitan regions in the western states (currently California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas). He will guide the development and growth of the new San Antonio metropolitan location as well as oversight and planning for the western metropolitan locations.

Additional Developments: Additional announcements related to the reorganization will be forthcoming. They will include more information on the staff and location of the Office of Military Affairs. Other developments include the strengthening of support and services for graduate and extended site students which will be led by Associate Vice President Beth Russell. Watch Webster Today for further developments.

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