Webster University Opens New Office of Military Affairs

Webster University, the third largest provider of higher education to the military serving more than 6,000 military students, launched a new Office of Military Affairs (OMA) under the direction of Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret).

ST. LOUIS, March 26, 2013 – Webster University, the third largest provider of higher education to the military serving more than 6,000 military students, launched a new Office of Military Affairs (OMA) under the direction of Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret) at the university's home campus in St. Louis. Callan joined Webster in 2012 as associate vice president for Military and Governmental Affairs. He provides leadership and strategic direction for Webster's alliances with all branches of the military related to the development and delivery of education programs and develops and strengthens relationships with federal and state agencies.

“Given our almost 40 years of providing unmatched quality education to our service members, we have taken the next natural step to provide a dedicated resource center to our military students,” said Webster's President, Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “Our goal is to provide our military students with the unparalleled service they deserve.”

Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster added the OMA has been one of Webster's primary initiatives in becoming first choice for military students. “This is a significant milestone,” he said. “General Callan brings proven credentials and leadership to the OMA. He will provide important outreach that will enhance our relationships with all military branches, strengthen military student services and expand our military opportunities.”

Callan said the OMA will advise the university on areas for expansion for all branches of government at all levels including the Department of Defense's student base for non-degree offerings, undergraduate and graduate degree programs and will serve military-connected students across the Webster University network. The OMA will house military-focused student groups and clubs including a new Webster University Student Vet's Organization.

Callan will provide military and community outreach offering interviews and speaking engagements.

“I am honored to be involved in this monumental step for Webster and its continued unmatched support to our military,” Callan said. “Even during these times of fiscal unrest, tuition assistance adjustments and the changing landscape of the military's footprint, the OMA will be the University's focal point for all military-related activity.”

On March 15, Webster announced it would provide military students with access to funds for their education following the suspension of Department of Defense tuition assistance (TA) funds. Through the Webster Military Tuition Assistance Protection (MTAP) Plan, eligible Webster University Students who have had their TA suspended will receive a Webster grant covering the suspended TA payment.

“It's this kind of service to service members that makes me proud to be at Webster,” Callan said. “By covering the suspended TA payment, military students can stay in school and finish their degrees faster.”

About Webster University's Service-to-Service Members

Webster University's service-to-service members dates back to 1974, when, at the invitation of the Department of Defense, Webster offered its programs for the first time at Ft. Sheridan, located north of Chicago. Programs at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis followed soon thereafter. Today, Webster is nationally recognized for being military friendly and is one of the largest providers of graduate-level military education in the United States; more than 6,000 of Webster's 22,000 students have a military connection. Webster's high-ranking military alumni include over 200 active-duty Generals and Admirals. Webster has been recognized as a Top School for Military Students by Military Advanced Education Magazine and has been recognized for outstanding contributions to military education by the Council of College and Military Educators. More information is available at www.webster.edu/military.