Liberty supports Fort Bragg soldiers
May 17, 2011 | Heather Michaels
Liberty University Online administration visit Fort Bragg, a U.S. Army base in North Carolina.
As the men and women of the armed forces are committed to serving America, Liberty University Online is committed to serving them in return. Liberty Online enrolls more than 17,000 service members, and recently a group of the university’s administrators got to experience what base-life is like for these students.
Liberty University Director of Online Recruitment Kevin Hartless, Director of Military Affairs Emily Foutz, Executive Director of Admissions Steve Peterson and Vice President of Enrollment Management Chris Johnson spent a day in late April touring Fort Bragg, a U.S. Army base in N.C., and meeting with base administrators. Numerous Fort Bragg service members are currently earning their degrees through Liberty Online.
According to Johnson, stepping onto the base was an inspiring moment because it hit home how many men and women are serving our country in the military.
“I learned that Fort Bragg is the second largest base in the country,” Johnson said. “I feel honored that we can assist the soldiers with accomplishing their academic goals.”
Through Liberty, military personnel who are deployed or those who become deployed may still remain actively enrolled in classes.
Liberty offers generous benefits to military service members, veterans and military spouses, and provides tuition discounts, book vouchers, fee waivers and credit for military experience.
“Our goal is to provide them with the tools they need to be successful,” Johnson said. “We have a dedicated team of advisors on standby to provide assistance in all areas.”
During their tour of Fort Bragg, Johnson, Peterson, Foutz and Hartless also met with Randy Bell, Liberty’s Fort Bragg Site Director. Bell, who graduated from Liberty in 2007, assists service members stationed at Fort Bragg with their admissions application, selecting their course schedule and answering any questions they may have about the university.
Bell traveled to Lynchburg, Va. for Liberty’s 2011 Commencement ceremony. Bell and his wife both received their Master of Business Administration degrees from Liberty.
“My favorite time of year is graduation,” Johnson said. “I get to meet soldiers from all over the world who travel to Lynchburg, Va., to walk across the platform and receive their degree. It is something special.”