CCAC director of Veterans Services and Purple Heart recipient is appointed to two national advisory boards
PITTSBURGH—Dwight Boddorf, director of Veterans Services at Community College of Allegheny County, has been appointed to two national advisory boards, which sought him out for his expertise in serving college students who are transitioning from military service.
In April, Boddorf was appointed the NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region II Representative for the Veterans Knowledge Community. NASPA (formerly the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice, and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. Also this month, Boddorf was appointed to the 2015 Military Friendly® Advisory Board of Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that publishes a variety of resources for the military community. Each year, Military Friendly ratings provide service members the objective data they need to evaluate how companies and colleges stack up in the recruitment, hiring and support of military veterans.
Boddorf, who has been with CCAC for almost three years, is a medically retired Marine and recipient of the Purple Heart, which he received after being wounded by an IED (improvised explosive device) during deployment in Iraq.
Under Boddorf’s direction, CCAC Veterans Services has seen great success with student enrollment, retention and satisfaction among veterans. As a result, he has conducted external training sessions, including a session on GI Bill® benefits for the Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs, held recently at CCAC’s Boyce Campus. As Boddorf puts it, “CCAC is recognized as a leader in veterans’ education benefits.”
In his new roles, Boddorf is hoping to further share best practices and make sure the state of veterans education, a rapidly growing component of higher education, continues to be at the forefront of the strategic planning for colleges and universities in the region.