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Grantham University's Dr. Jeff Cropsey accepts the gavel from Central Texas College's Jim Yeonopolus as new CCME president.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jan. 30, 2015 —  In his State of the Union address this month, President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of higher education and called for American CEO's to hire more veterans. As a leader at Grantham University and now the president of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), Dr. Jeff Cropsey has been working towards the president's objectives for decades.

Cropsey was named president of CCME in Anaheim, Calif. today during the academic organization's annual symposium. In his new role, he will serve as a national academic spokesperson in this unique position as a leader of this academic organization and vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations at Grantham University, a 100 percent online university with a focus on educational programming for the military.

64 years ago, Grantham University [] was founded when World War II veteran Donald Grantham conceived the idea to provide returning servicemen and women a method to better their lives through higher education. That same idea is the cornerstone of CCME's objectives and aligns with the administration's goals of getting returning veterans back to work and promoting higher education.

"It has been an honor to serve on the board of CCME for the past six years, and I'm thrilled to be in the position of president at such a critical time in our history," said Cropsey. "Just as our country closes on its longest war in our history, we have more veterans returning to civilian life than ever before. Through the work of CCME and others, we can help provide the right education and policies to see that these returning service men and women are receiving high quality, relevant, accessible and affordable education. "

CCME's mission is to promote and provide educational programs and services and to facilitate communication between the membership and the Department of Defense, the military and veterans' educational needs. With Cropsey at the helm, this is the first time CCME has been led by a school accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

The professional development theme for this year's symposium is "Innovative Pathways to Military Student Success." Cropsey ceremoniously took over the gavel of presidency of the board of directors today during the annual board meeting. The 26-member board consists of academic leaders from higher education as well as military and DoD positions. The 2016 CCME annual symposium scheduled for February in San Antonio, Texas will be the only national conference next year focusing on higher education and the military. The conference will be a convergence of military and higher education proponents and provide a forum for the exchange of information on topical educational issues.

Cropsey has been the vice president for strategic initiatives with Grantham University since his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2010. Prior to his retirement, he had been the director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) from 2005 to 2010. Cropsey's career spanned more than 40 years of DoD service including positions in the Army, Air Force, Navy and DANTES. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1969-72, leaving with the rank of Captain.

In 2007, he was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education, providing advice to the Secretary on educational issues. At the Nashville CCME Symposium in 2010, Dr. Cropsey was recognized with the CCME President's Award for his significant contributions to military education. Cropsey has a bachelor's of arts degree in history from Washington and Lee University, a master's degree in counseling from Ball State University, and a doctorate of education from the University of Southern California.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.