Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs
Prior to joining the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) as Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs, Michael Dakduk served as executive director for the national nonprofit organization Student Veterans of America (SVA).
Dakduk left the military in 2008 to finish his college degree. While maintaining a full-time academic schedule, he organized student veterans on his campus as a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA). He later served as the SVA National Vice President and contributed over 4,000 volunteer service hours to the organization. For his dedication to supporting America’s student veterans, he was awarded the U.S. President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award prior to being named executive director of SVA.
In the military, Dakduk served under I Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, where he deployed to Iraq in 2005. Upon return, he was selected to serve with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion. His second deployment was to Afghanistan in 2007. In the Marine Corps, he earned numerous military decorations for distinguished service in combat.
Dakduk has been featured or quoted as a subject matter expert on veterans' affairs in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Fox News, CNN, the Associated Press, Military Times, and other leading local and national media outlets.
He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He earned several awards for academic achievement and leadership, including the Horatio Alger Military Scholarship and the President Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.