August 15, 2012
Framingham State is pleased to announce the establishment of a full-time office to assist veterans and active members of the military attending the University.
FSU has hired Kevin Fields to serve as the new coordinator of Veterans Services. Fields spent nearly seven years in the Army primarily operating as a mechanized infantry squad leader, and later as a section leader.
“The University has embraced the creation of this position because people here are very interested in helping to fulfill the needs of veterans educationally and beyond,” says Fields, who has master’s degrees in Public Administration and Political Science from Suffolk University in Boston.
Fields says his primary role will be helping student veterans understand and take advantage of the benefits they are afforded through the VA Education System.
“Veterans have to navigate a complicated bureaucracy in order to understand and access their military benefits,” Fields says. “I can be a resource and help alleviate the time they have to spend tracking down these answers, which will allow them more time to focus in on their school work.”
Fields says a big aspect of his job will be reaching out to all the veterans on campus to make them aware of benefits they may not be taking advantage of. For example, many veterans aren’t aware that their military education and experiences often translate to university credits that can be applied toward their graduation requirements.
“I’m here to help the veterans on campus in any way possible,” Fields says. “Many of them are somewhat older than your traditional undergraduate students and are new to the college setting and may benefit from some guidance and advising.”
A report released earlier this year by the state Department of Higher Education showed a majority of Massachusetts student veterans and their dependents who make use of GI Bill benefits are choosing to enroll at the state’s public colleges and universities.
“We are committed to providing our growing population of student veterans with the resources they need to succeed in college and beyond,” Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan says.
Framingham State was included in the 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools released by G.I. Jobs Magazine earlier this year.
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.