UC Clermont College creates Veterans Affairs position

May 14th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

UC Clermont College has created a new position to serve veterans, naming Jeff Bosworth as the academic director of veteran affairs.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or the new GI Bill has been hailed as the most extensive educational assistance program for veterans since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.

Colleges around the country are expecting an influx in enrollment by vets.

“It would seem fitting that we create a new position to support veterans who have served their country as they come home and re-train for civilian life,” said Ann Appleton associate dean of enrollment and student services.

The maximum benefit in the bill allows every eligible veteran and service member, active, guard, and reserve, the opportunity to receive a fully funded undergraduate education at any state college or university anywhere in the United States or its territories.

"I'm really excited to be able to provide focused support for all veterans on campus, as well as those veterans in the community looking to further their education at UC Clermont College. As a Vietnam veteran who utilized the GI Bill and other veteran benefits to get my degrees, I know well the need for a knowledgeable central point of contact to deal with the transition from military status to civilian student and deal with the VA. I'm also looking forward to establishing a Student Veteran Organization here at Clermont to provide vets with the camaraderie that is essential," said Bosworth.

After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, Bosworth earned a bachelor of science in public communications and journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

He then entered the corporate world and held various positions in information technology development, management and training for more than 30 years.

During this time, he drilled with the U.S. Navy Reserve in Columbus and honorably retired in 2000, with 28 years of service.

He has taught a variety of computer information systems courses at UC Clermont as an adjunct instructor.

Bosworth achieved the rank of Senior Chief Sonar Technician.

During active duty, he served two tours of combat escort duty in Vietnam (1970-72) aboard the USS Knox (DE/FF1052), home ported Pearl Harbor, HI.

In the last six years of his reserve career he was the acting Command Master Chief - the senior enlisted liaison between the commanding officer and the local reservist community - at U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Columbus. He managed the completion of rate training and professional development objectives of approximately 400 reserve members for more than six years.

Bosworth is active in the Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649 among other veteran organizations.

His office will be located across from the Cougar Café in Edith-Peter Jones Room 024. He can be reached at (513) 558-5358 or via email at jeff.bosworth@uc.edu.
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