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Student Veteran Leader Joins APSCU as Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C., November 5, 2013—The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) announced that Michael Dakduk has joined the association as Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs. Dakduk joins APSCU from the nonprofit organization Student Veterans of America (SVA), where he served as the executive director.

“The addition of Michael Dakduk builds on our member institutions’ commitment to excellence in postsecondary education for military and veteran students,” said APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson. “Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to APSCU and our members at a time when we must lead postsecondary education efforts to meet the education needs and expectations of military service members, veterans, and their families. We look forward to Michael’s leadership in advancing our institutions’ commitment to military and veteran students seeking education and career skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.”

In the newly created position, Dakduk will support private sector colleges and universities in the development of programs, services, and policies that support military veterans, service members, and their families. He will also work with the APSCU government relations team on legislative and regulatory issues related to military and veteran students.

“It is exciting to join the team at APSCU as we build on our institutions’ service to members of the military family enrolled in our institutions,” said Dakduk. “Postsecondary education holds a critical role in the continued success of service members and the effective transition of military veterans. I am eager to work with our institutions to build upon quality programs and services for the military and veteran community.”

Before becoming executive director of SVA, Dakduk served in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dakduk left the Marines in 2008 to complete his college degree. While maintaining a full-time academic schedule, he organized student veterans on his campus as a chapter of SVA. He subsequently joined SVA as national vice president. In that role he contributed more than 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.


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