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MSU wins veterans honor

Col. Ken McRae

Col. Ken McRae (Ret.), director of Mississippi State University’s G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, is receiving national recognition for his work as an advocate for veterans on college campuses.

Last week, McRae received the Supra et Ultra Award from the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community. NASPA is the nation’s leading association of student affairs professionals.

McRae has led the Center for America’s Veterans for six years. During his tenure, MSU has been recognized many times for its support of veterans and their dependents. Last fall, the veterans center moved into a new facility at Nusz Hall. The $2.5 million building features student support spaces, a computer lab, study rooms, a meeting area and administrative offices, which serve the veteran community at MSU. Approximately 775 veterans and service members are students at MSU. Including dependents, the veteran community comprises more than 2,300 students on campus.

In 2015, the Military Order of the Purple Heart designated MSU as a “Purple Heart University” for its outstanding service to military veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. MSU was ranked No. 31 in the 2017 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings.

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