Video and Introduction
The Raymond A. Mason School of Business's Center for Military Transition (CMT) is building a ground-breaking program that is not only veteran-friendly and inclusive but truly empowering. The CMT is rapidly positioning itself to be the national leader in helping veterans transition into and succeed in high-level civilian management positions.
Building on our location, our reputation, and our historic, extensive, and meaningful connections with military leaders, leading corporations, and executive partners, the CMT is developing programs to mitigate the challenges faced by transitioning service members. We seek to bridge the gaps of confidence, information, and creativity that transitioning service members often experience and to assist our graduate business student veterans as they create opportunities that connect their unique (and extensive) experience with a world-class education and extraordinary professional development opportunities.
By the Numbers
Annual # of Transitioning Service Members
Annual # of Transitioning Service Members in Hampton Roads area
# of US military installations in the continental US
# of US military installations within 90 minutes of Miller Hall
The CMT develops and empowers graduate business student veterans, reservists, national guardsmen, and active-duty military personnel to reach their full potential as they transition to and ultimately succeed in executive-level civilian employment. The center seeks to connect experience, education, and opportunity by:
Supporting the individual graduate Mason School military / veteran student / alumni;
Shaping the graduate Mason School military / veteran / ally community; and
Influencing the military transition environment broadly.
We are developing a VIRTUOUS NETWORK focused on EMPOWERING our graduate business Student Veterans & Alumni that integrates:
Mason School Centers & Connections
Federal & State
Veteran Service Organizations
Approach and Opportunity
Our Approach - Collaborative and Integrative
Using a high-touch, student-focused support strategy ranging from a veteran's experience from applicant to alumni, our approach is collaborative and integrative. As a result, the CMT is able to integrate existing curricula with meaningful connections as we collaborate with our faculty, staff, Mason School centers, leading non-profits, and corporate partners to augment existing and emerging relationships that will allow our veterans to flourish now and in the future.
The broad outcome of this collaborative and integrative approach allows the CMT to employ a wide array of programs to support individual students and cultivate a tight-knit community of W&M alumni and corporate partners. Together, these resources and relationships combine to enhance our military students' access to meaningful professional and personal connections. As a result, the combination of connections, resources, and programs creates life-changing broadening opportunities for our active-duty students who will continue to serve while empowering our veteran students and alumni as they transition into meaningful civilian careers.
Our Opportunity - Differentiating and EmpoweringCurrent conversations in the "military transition space" focus on whether institutions are "military friendly" or military inclusive." "Military-friendly" institutions remove barriers to entry and focus on assisting veterans' transition to "college life." "Military inclusive" institutions take efforts and support structures a step further—they seek to integrate veterans into the broader educational and social structures of universities, combining services and programs that allow veterans to flourish and belong. William & Mary and the CMT, however, is building a program that will be a "military empowering" institution. We are already beginning to provide long-term, comprehensive, personalized support that allows veterans to make empowered decisions about their careers. In doing so, we are creating a powerful framework that offers a unique, differentiating, and empowering experience to our military-affiliated and veteran students.