itn_cropseyKansas City, Mo. – January 11, 2010 – Grantham University,, an online university dedicated to providing educational opportunities to working adults for over 60 years, announced today that Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, former Director of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), has joined the University as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.  In this position, Dr. Cropsey will continue to establish and enhance the strategy and visibility of the University in existing military and veteran markets and emerging postsecondary markets.

"I have always been impressed with Grantham's vision and mission, which is closely aligned with my 40 years of experience in military voluntary education," said Dr. Cropsey.  "I am honored to be part of an organization whose focus is all about helping students improve their lives through education."

Dr. Cropsey, a native of New York, received his Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, and as a Counselor, Education Services Officer and Major Command Staff Officer with the U.S. Air Force Education Services Program.  Prior to joining the staff at DANTES, he was the Director of the Education Services and Training Program of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and the Director of the Voluntary Education Department of the U.S. Navy, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center where he oversaw the management and execution of the Voluntary Education Program Navy-wide.

He was selected as the Director of DANTES in May 2005.  Located in Pensacola, FL, DANTES oversees post-secondary education programs and support for all components of the Department of Defense, the National Guard, and Coast Guard.

"We are honored and pleased to have Dr. Cropsey join our team," said Dr. John LaNear, President of Grantham University.  "With his wisdom and extensive experience in the military education community, Jeff will enhance our mission to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs to service members, veterans and working adult students around the world."

Throughout his four decades of service, Dr. Cropsey has received five meritorious service awards, including the Air Force Civilian Meritorious Civilian Service Award, three Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Award.