Columbia College Vice President for Adult Higher Education Dr. Jeff Musgrove recently announced the promotion of Keith Glindemann to the position of director of veteran services for the college.
In the new role, Glindemann is responsible for the daily operation of the college’s Ousley Family Veterans Services Center, overseeing certifications of benefits and acting as liaison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also oversees planning, coordination and hosting of all military and veterans events on campus and serves as the college’s expert regarding the implementation of new military and veteran related regulations and compliance issues.
“Keith has been a key part of our Adult Higher Education division for the last five years and is a great resource for our active military and veteran students,” Musgrove said. “He represents the college extremely well and we believe the Ousley Veterans Service Center will thrive under his leadership.”
Following an outstanding 24-year career in the U.S. Army where he received the Bronze Star for actions in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Glindemann joined Columbia College as associate director of veterans services in 2010. In 2014, he was elected as the vice president of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) and was then re-elected to the position earlier this month for a second term.
NAVPA is an organization of institutions and individuals who are involved or interested in the operations of veterans’ affairs programs and/or the delivery of services to veterans as school certifying officials across the country.
During his time as Associate Director of Veterans Services, Glindemann was requested to appear before the U.S. Congress on behalf of NAVPA and the college to provide in person as well as written testimony on veteran’s educational benefits.
He was also charged with maintaining a relationship with the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office and numerous other Veterans services provider organizations.
Glindemann earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin University and a master’s of business administration from Columbia College. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society and was also awarded the Legion of Merit medal for career military service.