Winter 2020 Issue

New Office for Student Veterans

By Nathan Warters

Charlie Foster M.Ed. ’17, a Marine Corps veteran, was recently hired to lead William & Mary’s new Office of Student Veteran Engagement in the Sadler Center. As the director of the office, which opened Sept. 25, Foster will spearhead the effort to position the university as a leader in military and veteran education.

“Charlie has a really good sense of the array of needs, unique challenges, skills, unique experiences and opportunities that our military vets bring to campus,” says Drew Stelljes, assistant vice president for student engagement and leadership.

Foster will connect veterans to comprehensive campus resources, including assistance with GI Bill benefits, selecting courses and internship and employment opportunities.

The office was financed as a pilot program through the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Foster will carry out the pilot program with the goal to expand the initiative to full implementation in with the help of private support.