Sue Lister | November 15, 2017
Long recognized as a leader in training students preparing for military careers and as a partner to the United States military, the University of Notre Dame has strengthened its commitment to those who have served our country by establishing its new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA).
The office will expand the University’s support for Notre Dame-enrolled veterans and their families, active-duty and ROTC students and those who are dependents of service members.
“The bonds between Notre Dame and the U.S. military predate the American Civil War and have grown stronger over many years, as successive generations of Notre Dame graduates and Holy Cross priests have served our nation in times of war and peace,” said Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. “With this new office, we will further strengthen our commitment to serving those who have given so much to our nation and the University. I am grateful to the Military and Veteran Initiative Steering Committee, whose members led this initiative.”
Under the direction of Regan Jones, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who came to Notre Dame in 2014, the OMVA will focus on growing the military-connected undergraduate and graduate student populations and developing targeted services to meet their unique needs. It will also coordinate and lead Notre Dame’s multidisciplinary efforts to support these students and will work collaboratively with representatives from others areas of the University, including ROTC, admissions, student affairs, the Graduate School, financial aid, First Year of Studies and other departments.
“We believe Notre Dame can achieve singular distinction as one of the nation’s best universities for veterans, military, ROTC and their families,” said Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost and chair of the Military and Veteran Initiative Steering Committee. “In Regan Jones, a highly decorated Marine Corps veteran who has spent the past three-plus years getting to know the University from a variety of perspectives, we have the ideal leader to direct us in this endeavor.”