TNCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Appointed to National Posts

Published: February 5, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Coordinator of Veterans Affairs Tim Freeman has been selected to serve on the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) Board of Directors as education committee chair and Region II representative.

Founded in 1975, NAVPA is an organization of program administrators who are employed by colleges, universities, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs across the nation to ensure that student veterans receive the best service and most accurate access to their GI Bill benefits. Additionally NAVPA addresses areas of interest and opportunity for veterans besides education while also focusing on professional development for members.

Having served four years in the U.S. Army before starting his 20-year career in higher education, Freeman knows firsthand many of the concerns service members have. In the two NAVPA posts, he will play a role in ensuring that educational and other services for military veterans meet all necessary regulations, are accessible and are on par with their needs.

“Being honored by my peers makes me feel good. It lets me know that somebody knows what I do and that somebody cares. There may be times when I feel like I don’t want to do this job; but when I see a veteran graduate or when someone says ‘thank you’ it makes me want to work a little bit harder,” said Freeman, who joined the College in 2006.

Also while serving in the appointed positions, Freeman will be among his NAVPA peers in Washington, D.C. March 18-22 meeting with members of Congress and the Senate discussing issues that affect veterans.

Financial Aid Director Kathryn Anderson, Freeman’s supervisor, offered congratulations.

“I think it’s not only a great honor for him it’s a great honor for the College. Given the close association with Washington, D.C. that NAVPA has working on behalf of veterans, this is a wonderful opportunity for bringing new ideas back here and seeing what we can implement,” said Anderson.

Freeman’s NAVPA appointments join his extensive list of professional affiliations, honors and recognition including service as president of the Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators; Southern Association of Financial Aid Administrators membership; certification by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and Person of the Year distinction by TNCC Classified Support Staff Association (2008), among others.

Networking with other TNCC divisions and his peers from across the country at such institutions a University of California, Berkley, he currently has a number of projects in the works to bolster TNCC’s service to veterans, active duty personnel and military family members alike. Top among those is establishing a Veterans Club on TNCC campuses for students.

A Chesapeake resident, Freeman and his wife, are the parents of three children and grandparents of five.

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