David Vacchi, PhD is the editor of this project and is a US Army veteran of 20 years with deployments for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom in the early 2000s. He earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration as a student veteran using the Post 9/11 GI Bill in which his dissertation research focused on explaining student veteran success. An unapologetic advocate for viewing veterans through strengths perspectives, David critiques research and models that take a negative view of veterans, while leveraging his own scholarly background to demonstrate how veterans succeed despite numerous obstacles to their success. Dr. Vacchi has been a faculty member or administrator in higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level since 2005. David earned a master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. David has been a national leader in the scholarship of veterans in higher education and has enjoyed numerous positions from which to advocate for improving the plight of student veterans, including serving as the Chair of NASPA’s Veterans Knowledge Community and the Region I and Research and Publications representative for the same, a board member of the Southeast Council on Military Education, and has spoken at numerous local, regional, and national conferences about his scholarly work and research on veterans. David was the lead author on the definitive chapter on student veterans in the Higher Education Handbook of Theory and Research with his mentor Dr. Joe Berger.
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