Eric Gormly has been named coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian State University. This position was created as a result of a three-year grant awarded to Appalachian from the U.S. Department of Education to support Student Veterans on campus.
"This position is key to the success of Student Veterans," said Dr. Lynn Gregory, a professor in Appalachian State University's Department of Communication and author of the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success grant. She believes that Gormly is uniquely qualified to not only support Student Veterans, but to identify the ways in which these students make our community better.
Gormly will serve as the single point-of-contact for Student Veterans attending Appalachian. This position will provide programs and inform policies based on research in the field and the unique needs of Student Veterans on the Appalachian campus. He will foster the growth and success of Student Veterans on Appalachian's campus by developing activities that facilitate the transition from the military to the campus and Boone community.
"We are eager and excited to begin work with Eric!" said Dan Pegram, President of the Student Veterans of America at Appalachian State University, "Talking with Eric, his expertise of Veteran services is clear and he has been through the process himself as a student. We are hopeful that this will lay forward more opportunity for Veterans to reach their full potential on campus."
Gormly served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, including two tours of duty in Iraq. He served as a Veterans Services Assistant and Certifying Official at Johnson County Community College for five years where he assisted with training and managing VA work-study student employees, implementing the Military & Veteran Student Resource Center, and coordinating a "Veterans Week" to raise awareness of Student Veteran presence on campus. He is currently the certifying official and enrollment services coordinator and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Gormly earned his Bachelor of General Studies in Developmental Psychology from the University of Kansas and an Associate of General Studies from Johnson County Community College (KS).
Gormly will join the division of Enrollment Management, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor. His office location will be in the Office of Transfer Services, John E. Thomas Hall room 130, until an appropriate space is identified for a Student Veterans Center.