JUNE 23, 2023 — Michael Logan ’10, M.Ed. ’11, Ph.D. ’19, UTSA’s senior director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, has been named one of 34 scholars who will form the 2023 class of the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. The program furthers the development of individuals serving the nation’s veterans and their families who are motivated to broaden their skillsets, knowledge and influence across the country.
Throughout the five-month program, Logan and his fellow scholars will meet with a variety of nationally-known and distinguished professionals, educators and experts in veteran transition and leadership development, including the eighth U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, retired U.S. Air Force General Alfred Flowers and Bush Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Deborah Birx.
Logan’s participation in the leadership program will further enhance the UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) and the holistic support it provides UTSA’s military-affiliated community. The office encompasses federal and state benefit certification for vets and the UTSA Center for Military Affiliated Students, which serves more than 5,000 service members, veterans and their families across the university with a mission to help them achieve their educational goals. About 16% of UTSA’s students are affiliated with the military, including active-duty military members, veterans, reserves/guards, and their spouses and dependents.
Logan said he had seen many accomplished names pass through the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program in previous years and he is honored to join them.
“When I found out I was selected, it was an extremely humbling moment,” Logan said. “As a veteran and an alum, serving UTSA’s military-affiliated students is a deeply personal mission for me. Accordingly, the resources, knowledge and network I gain from this program will be used to enhance the university’s reputation as a leader in military-affiliated inclusion and support.”
In recent years, VMA consolidated many veteran services that stretched across the university within the Center for Military Affiliated Students, a one-stop shop located on the first floor of the John Peace Library, to guide UTSA’s military community to network, socialize, discover benefits and more easily navigate UTSA. New programming was created, such as priority registration and tailored orientation for veterans as well as veteran resource and professional development fairs.
Under Logan’s leadership, UTSA’s wide-ranging support for its military-affiliated community has continued to evolve. VMA expanded its presence on social media and the UTSA Mobile app to reach more of its target population in addition to a total revamp of the university’s website for military-affiliated students, making it easier for those 5,000+ students to effectively navigate and utilize military education benefits. The office also expanded its outreach and engagement activities, creating more workshops, new video walkthroughs and UTSA’s popular “Coffee with Vets” networking events. These initiatives helped UTSA rise precipitously in the 2022 ranking of ‘Best for Vets’ universities.
Logan will begin his session in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program on July 11 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The scholars will attend four sessions at the Bush Center and will travel to Washington, D.C. for a session in the fall.
The program is part of the Bush Institute’s commitment to developing and supporting effective leaders, and it builds on the organization’s extensive body of work on veteran transition issues. Each participant will join the program with a personal leadership project that allows them to implement what they learn in the program in service of improving outcomes in veteran- and military-connected communities.
Over the next five months, Logan will explore the creation of a space for undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of military affiliation, to develop and present research they may be conducting on military-affiliated topics. Examples could include military children, caregivers, veteran mental health and the transition from active duty to civilian life.
“In my view, participating in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program isn’t just about my growth. It’s a way to enhance a legacy of servant leadership by positively impacting as many veterans and military family members as I can,” Logan said. “Therefore, it is important for me use this experience to cultivate the next generation of professionals by encouraging inquiry among college students into military-affiliated topics.”
Logan will join an active network of more than 170 former participants who are rising leaders — both veterans and non-veterans — from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve veteran outcomes. They hold a variety of roles including business and community leaders, members of veteran-serving nonprofits, as well as leaders in government, academia, and active and reserve military service members.
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