Grantham offers lecture series for hiring veterans

Leila Gallagher



Sprint Talent Acquisition Manager and U.S. Army Transition Services Manager
Among Experts Sharing Strategies for Human Resource Professionals

Lenexa, Kan. – June 2, 2015 – Do veterans make good employees? Can employers do a better job of helping former military personnel make a smooth transition into the civilian workforce? Grantham University, a 64-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs to working adults and active-duty military students around the world, will launch its signature lecture series with an event for business professionals to learn best practices and veteran hiring strategies, and receive advice in helping veterans transition to a corporate work environment.


Space is limited for this free event. Business professionals can register at:


“Given the flexibility of the online learning environment that Grantham University provides, a great percentage of our students are active-duty military,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, Grantham’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations. “We’re looking forward to sharing the strategies we’ve learned over the past 64 years in preparing our students for civilian careers, as well as sharing some of the best practices in veteran hiring from our expert panelists.” Before coming to Grantham, Dr. Cropsey spent over 38 years in the Department of Defense, managing military education and veteran placement programs, including the Troops to Teachers Program.


According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veteran hiring practices nationwide are improving.  However, there is still room for additional improvement as unemployment for post-9/11 veterans, ages 24-34, is a full percent higher than civilians in the same demographic.


Grantham’s veteran hiring lecture will be held on June 24, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grantham University in Lenexa, Kansas. Dr. Cropsey will moderate a discussion of veteran hiring practices with the following panelists:


  • Summer Dean, Talent Acquisition Manager, Sprint Corporation
  • Brett Rosene, Transition Services Manager, U.S. Army
  • Nick Swaggert, Director of Veterans Program, Genesis10
  • Clint Clevenger, Director of Talent Strategies, B.E. Smith; veteran; Grantham alumni


Grantham University is one of the oldest private, post-secondary, degree-granting distance learning universities in the United States.  Recognized for eight consecutive years as one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education,  Grantham has a deep and proud history of serving students who are active-duty or retired military. 

The University maintains a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of its academic programs, learning outcomes and student support services, seeking to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of its academic programs and operations, and seeking creative and effective ways to meet the diverse needs of its student population.


About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University offers more than 40 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.